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 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
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%