Slavic Languages and Literatures | Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature 2
R506 | ALL | Perlina
The principal objective is to continue with an overview of the development
of Russian prose during 1800s-1850s and to attain at a thorough
understanding of the main literary phenomena that grew dominant through the
second half of the 19th century. A focus of the class is the analysis of the
primary sources. English translations are available, yet all the references
address the original.
The course is aimed to find a definition for the main categories of
socio-historical and aesthetic thinking that underlie Realism. The course
will trace cultural and historical as well as immanent development of
Russian prose of the second half of the 19th century. Narratilogical and
structural analyses will be included along with the examination of the
genres, conventions of interpretation, their change and the subsequent
altering the perception of literary works.
Workload and course requirements:
General reading list: items indicated by* are to be discussed in detail;
those not marked are to be known for the qualifying exams. They are strongly
suggested to be used as topics for oral discussions. Critical sources will
be included along with the bibloigraphies of the writers' works.
Course requirements include one oral presentation, one discussion of an oral
presentation; one take-home mid-term paper, and the final paper of approx
12-15 pp plus bibliography. Contributions to daily discussions are
An oral presentation, of approx. 20 mins. length, will involve an overview
of a literary work not discused in class, yet included into the general
reading list. Oral presentations will be followed by the discussants'
A mid-term take-home exam will be focused on critical analyses of the prose
works from Pisemsky to Dostoevsky's The Idiot. The topic for the final
paper is to be discussed with the instructor at least two weeks before the
end of the semester.
Every fourth week I will be collecting your summaries of the works you have
read. I will keep the records of your summaries, yet they will not be
counted against your final grade; they are required for purely pragmatic
Grades are based upon the following rationale:
Weekly discussions and the discussants' comments --15%