Russian culture and the Slavic world (2017/2018)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PARTE I 6 L-LIN/21-SLAVIC STUDIES Semester 1 Maciej Bielawski
PARTE II 3 L-LIN/21-SLAVIC STUDIES Semester 1 Maciej Bielawski

Learning outcomes

The teaching will provide several conceptual, methodological and cultural basis necessary to analyze and interpret some of the most characteristic phenomena of 19th century Russian society and culture, linked to the specific national religiosity and expressed in literature. In addition, it tends to develop the autonomy of student’s judgment and its ability to use some methodologies of comparing texts, not just literary.


The stranničestvo in Russian literature and culture of the 19th century.
The figure of strannik, rooted deeply in the whole socio-cultural context, represents a remarkable specificity of Russian mentality that only partially could be comparable to the Western figures of pilgrim, traveler or outsider. Many artists and writers, like Dostoevskij, Tolstoj or Leskov, had been fascinated by the idea of stranničestvo. The course will offer the following content:
- an explanation of the historical and spiritual phenomenon of strangeness;
- the phenomenon of stranničestvo in Russian and Western philosophical interpretation;
- The figure of the strannik in the so-called The Pilgrim’s Tale, written by Arsenij Troepol’skij and in the Raw Youth of Fiodor Dostoevskij;

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam. It will consist of a colloquium in order to verify the understanding of the two literary works mentioned in the bibliography and the knowledge of the contents presented during the course. The student also has to prepare a comparison of some aspect chosen freely from two works and a short reviw of some study about F. Dostoevskij.