Russian culture and the Slavic world (2018/2019)

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

Learning outcomes

The course aims to offer a comparative look at some characteristical topics of the Russian culture, including comparisons with other Slavic cultures. At the end of the course students are expected to:
1) know some topics of the Russian culture, including their relationships with other cultures;
2) apply the acquired knowledge to the analysis of the literary works presented during the classes, also in a comparatistical way;
3) have the ability to formulate autonomous judgments about the main themes of the course, and to explain them correctly and coherently.


Poetics of love in Anna Karenina and Doctor Zhivago.

Poìesis means making, producing, creating, composing and poietes means one capable of making, producing and creating. The poetics or more properly the art of poetics (poietikè technè) deals with ways of artistic expression. In this case we will take into consideration the poetics regards the ways in which Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina and Boris Pasternak in Doctor Zhivago tolk about love.

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 theme 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 reported in a short essay o scheme. It also requires the reading of some monographs on L. Tolstoy and B. Pasternak.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lazar Fleishman Boris Pasternak Il mulino 1993
Pavel Basinskij Fuga dal paradiso. La vita di Lev Tolstoj Castelvecchi 2014
Giovanni Spendel Invito alla lettura di Pasternak Mursia 1975
Viktor Šklovskij Tolstoj Il saggiatore 1997
Piero Citati Tolstoj Adelphi 1996