RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE II (TTMI)

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Code
104355
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 8741 Theories and techniques of interlingual mediation (L-12) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-LIN/21
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Theories and techniques of interlingual mediation)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

This six-credit (36-hour) course is designed for students in the TTMI program at the Department of "Lingue." The course will be held online in the first semester (3 hours per week).

N.B. This is NOT the course for LCM/Lettere students which is year-long.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Our first-year course introduces students to Russian literature and culture from its medieval origins to the mid 1800s; in the second year, students focus more specifically on problems of literary style and evolution by examining texts from the 19th and 20th centuries that are linked by a particular theme; students who take the third-year course will go still more deeply into the literature and culture of a more specific historical period (such as the first half of the 20th century or The Thaw).

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course aims to provide students (1) familiarity with some of important 19th-century Russian writers; (2) thorough knowledge of some of their important works; (3) the basic tools of literary analysis; (4) general knowledge of the main cultural figures and events from the period in question.

PREREQUISITES

none

TEACHING METHODS

This course will be conducted online via Teams. Details and updates on the course as it evolves will always be available on Aulaweb.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

In this course we will read and analyze various texts from 19th-century Russia, when Russian literature became internationally known. We will examine problems relating to the struggles of various literary characters who attempt to realize themselves and in so doing clash against the limits imposed upon them by the society of the time and its social practices. Of particular interest are themes such as: arranged marriage and notions of love; the relative weight of social estates and official ranks, together with the advantages of wealth, social connections, and education; the importance of gender, power and violence; obsession and crime. We will begin with the social problematics of the "svetskaja povest'" (society tale) and women's writing, read the texts of Gončarov, Leskov, Tolstoj and Dostoevskij and conclude with Čechov and Bunin.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

THIS READING IS NOT "RECOMMENDED": IT IS MANDATORY!

See the Italian version of the program (although you can read in Russian or English as well).

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: 2021/2022 -- Vedi la mia pagina sul sito di Lingue. Nel periodo di didattica a distanza ricevo su Teams per appuntamento.

Exam Board

SARA DICKINSON (President)

MARIO ALESSANDRO CURLETTO

LAURA SALMON (Substitute)

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

This course will be conducted online via Teams. Details and updates on the course as it evolves will always be available on Aulaweb.

LESSONS START

The week of October 4.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The final grade will include the evaluation of two homework assignments.

The exam may be taken in Russian, Italian, or English. To sign up for the exam, use the unige site.

The exam will test whether or not students have actually (and recently!) read the literary texts on the syllabus and will evaluate students' ability to offer a critical interpretation of these. The quality of the students' self-expression in presenting their ideas and their correct use of relevant scholarly terms will figure into the grade. More details about the exam will be communicated in class and/or made available on Aulaweb.

Students will have the option of taking a partial exam (for six credits) at the end of the first semester. The exam will also be held in Jun/Jul 2021, Sept 2021, and Jan/Feb 2022), so please PLAN accordingly for your specific deadlines regarding travel (including Erasmus) or scholarships.

This program "expires" in February 202
2. Students who have not passed the entire exam by that time will be examined on the course program for 2021-22.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
21/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale L'appello sarà in presenza in AdP Aula 1. Un orario che indica l'ora dell'interrogazione di ciascuno studente sarà circolato qualche giorno in anticipo. I voti saranno comunicati alla fine della giornata.
04/02/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale L'appello sarà in presenza in AdP Aula 1. Un orario che indica l'ora dell'interrogazione di ciascuno studente sarà circolato qualche giorno in anticipo. I voti saranno comunicati alla fine della giornata.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance is strongly recommended.

Students must follow the course on Aulaweb as well (for updates on the syllabus, the lectures, and the exam).