The course aims at introducing some of the most relevant Russian writers and their works, with a particular focus on the 19th and 20th centuries. The course will be held in the light of the thematic approach of "Russia and the East"
The course consists of 4 sections:
1. History of Russia, with a particular focus on the 19th and 20th centuries;
2. Russia and the Orient from a historical, geo-political, and cultural point of view;
3. Literary works: reading of texts in translation and analysis of original passages in Russian language;
4. Inter-semiotic translations: Russian literature in opera and cinema.
- Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time
- Lermontov, The Novice (Mtsyri)
- Pushkin, The Prisoner of the Caucasus
- Tolstoy, The Prisoner of the Caucasus
- Bodrov, Prisoner of the Mountains (film)
- Pushkin, The Tale of the Golden Cockerel
- Rimsky-Korsakov, The Golden Cockerel (opera)
- Platonov, Soul (Dzhan)
- Aylisli, Stone Dreams
Essays and critique:
- (history) M. Kort, A Brief History of Russia or N.V. Riasanovsky, S. Romano, Storia della Russia
- D. Brower, E. Lazzerini, Russia’s Orient: imperial borderlands and peoples, 1700–1917.
- A. Ferrari, Quando il Caucaso incontrò la Russia.
- L. Magarotto, La conquista del Caucaso nella letteratura russa dell’Ottocento.
- G. P. Piretto, La Russia “dentro e fuori l’Europa”.
Further readings will be indicated during the course. If needed, international students will be given essays in English.
!!! Non-attending students must contact the teacher before the exam!!!
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