Russian culture and the Slavic world (2019/2020)

Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
PARTE I 6 L-LIN/21-SLAVIC STUDIES I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) Maciej Bielawski
PARTE II 3 L-LIN/21-SLAVIC STUDIES I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) 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.


The inner metamorphosis in the "Crime and Punishment" ofF. M. Dostoevskij and "Resurrection" byof L. N. Tolstoj.

The course offers an in-depth study of these two classic works through analytical, historical-critical, biographical, psychological, philosophical and comparative strategies.

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 F. Dostoevkij.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Fedor Dostoevskij Delitto e castigo  
Sante Graciotti (ed.) Dostoevskij nella coscienza d'oggi Sansoni Editore 1981
Jospeh Frank Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time Princeton Univeristy Press 2009
Pavel Basinskij Fuga dal paradiso. La vita di Lev Tolstoj Castelvecchi 2014
Lev Tolstoj Risurrezione  
Viktor Šklovskij Tolstoj Il saggiatore 1997
Piero Citati Tolstoj Adelphi 1996
George Steiner Tolstoj e Dostoevskij Garzanti 2011