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 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%