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 19t
h 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 bib
loigraphies 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 required.

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' comments.

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 reasons.

Grades are based upon the following rationale:
Weekly discussions and the discussants' comments --15%
Oral presentations--25%
Midterm exam--25%
Final paper--35%