Russian Literature 2 (2017/2018)

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Sara Paolini
Sara Paolini
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Semester 1 dal Oct 2, 2017 al Jan 20, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at widening and deepening the knowledge of 20th century Russian Literature through the analysis of some of the most representative works of the period using the main critical methodologies.
At the end of the course the student must have acquired the ability to analyse autonomously the main historical, cultural and literary phenomenons of 20th century Russia.


"Itineraries in 20th century Russian literature through the concepts of ending, transition, beginning"

The central idea binding together the literary works examined is the sense of an ending – ending of an age, ending of a world - that permeates the historical transitional phases foretelling the birth of something new. Two analyses will be carried out, the first concerning the period from the beginning of the 20th century up to the Twenties (NEP), including the revolutionary apocalypse, and the second one about "Lagernaja literatura" (the literature about the concentration camps), the literature of the inhumanness, developing during the de-Stalinization years. The selection of works also aims at illustrating variety and richness of forms in Russian literature in 20th century.

a) Literary works
A. ČECHOV, Il giardino dei ciliegi
A. BLOK, I dodici (a cura di C. De Michelis, Edizioni Marsilio)
M. BULGAKOV, Cuore di cane
A. SOLŽENICYN, Una giornata di Ivan Denisovič
V. ŠALAMOV, I racconti di Kolyma (a selection indicated by the teacher)
V. GROSSMAN, Vita e destino

b) General references
AA.VV., Storia della letteratura russa. Il Novecento, Einaudi, Torino, 1991 (a selection of chapters indicated by the teacher)
G.P. PIRETTO, Il radioso avvenire. Mitologie culturali sovietiche, Torino, Einaudi, 2003.
V. STRADA, Le veglie della ragione. Miti e figure della letteratura russa da Dostoevskij a Pasternak, Einaudi, Torino, 1986 (the chapter “Sorte di una letteratura”)
N.V. RIASANOVSKY, Storia della Russia, Milano, RCS, 2008 (or other manual)

During the course indications about further critical material to be consulted will be provided. Students will have to register in the e-learning page of the course.

Teaching methods: frontal classes. The classes will include analyses of excerpts in Russian language from the literary works in the programme and videos.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
G.P. Piretto Il radioso avvenire. Mitologie culturali sovietiche. Einaudi 2001
V. Strada Le veglie della ragione. Miti e figure della letteratura russa da Dostoevskij a Pasternak Einaudi 1986 Solo la sezione intitolata "Sorte di una letteratura"
M. Colucci e R. Picchio (a cura di) Storia della civiltà letteraria russa UTET 1997 Una scelta di capitoli su indicazione della docente.
AA.VV. Storia della letteratura russa. Il Novecento. Einaudi 1991 Una scelta di capitoli su indicazione della docente.
N.V. RIASANOVSKY Storia della Russia RCS 2008 Sostituibile con altro manuale.

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment through oral examination.
The evaluation will consider the following aspects:
- the possession of the fundamentals of history, culture and literature of the period concerned and the ability of understanding the phenomenons
- the ability to carry out a critical analysis of the works in the programme
- the quality of personal rework and proper use of the language.

This exam cannot be taken before passing Russian Literature 1 and Russian Language 1.

Экзамен: методы и критерии оценки

Вид проверки знаний: устный экзамен.
Критерии контроля качества знаний:
- владение основами истории, культуры и литературы ХХ века и способность понимания явлений
- способность самостоятельного анализа произведений в программе, используя критические инструменты
- умение провести углубленный анализ произведений и явлений и владение специальной терминологии

Требования допуска к экзамену: к экзамену допускаются только студенты, успешно сдавшие экзамены по русскому языку и литературе за первый год обучения (Lingua russa 1 и Letteratura russa 1).