Russian Literature 3 (2019/2020)

Course code
4S002953
Name of lecturer
Sara Paolini
Coordinator
Sara Paolini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
L-LIN/21 - SLAVIC STUDIES
Language of instruction
Russian
Location
VERONA
Period
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course completes the three-year path aimed at acquiring the basics of Russian literary and cultural history. It is therefore linked to courses held in the preceding years complementing them and undertaking in-depth examination of topics related to Russian works and movements.

At the end of the course students will be able to:

1) identify the main dynamics of modern and contemporary Russian historical and literary processes;
2) carry out a textual and comparative analysis using the acquired knowledge;
3) express autonomous and coherent opinions about outstanding moments of Russian cultural and historical development and analyse them properly.

Syllabus

An overview of the history of Russian theatre from the origins to modernist research and experimentation.

The course aims first of all to provide the student with the main historical notions about the development of theatre in Russia. It also involves the analysis of some authors and plays as well as a close look at some directors and actors. Particular attention will be paid to the experimental nature of the theatre in the first thirty years of the 20th century, "a successful period for the Russian show, the golden age of the art of staging" (A.M. Ripellino).

The following literary works will be examined:

• D.I. Fonvizin, Brigadir; Nedorosl’
• A.S. Griboedov, Gore ot uma
• N.V. Gogol', Revizor, Ženit’ba
• A.N. Ostrovskij, Svoi ljudi – sočtemsja
• A.P. Čechov, Djadja Vanja, Tri sestry
• A.А. Blok, Balagančik
• V.V. Majakovskij, Misterija-Buff; Klop
• M.A. Bulgakov, Dni Turbinych

GENERAL REFERENCE:

• AA.VV., Storia della civiltà letteraria russa, diretta da Michele Colucci e Riccardo Picchio, Torino, UTET, 1997 (a selection of chapters as indicated by the teacher)
• AA.VV., Storia della letteratura russa. Il Novecento, Torino, Einaudi, 1991 (a selection of chapters as indicated by the teacher)
• E. Lo Gatto, Storia del teatro russo, Firenze, Sansoni, 1952 (a selection of chapters as indicated by the teacher)
• A.M. Ripellino, Il trucco e l’anima. I maestri della regia nel teatro russo del Novecento, Torino, Einaudi, 1965 (a selection of chapters as indicated by the teacher)
• A.M. Ripellino, Majakovskij e il teatro russo d’avanguardia, Torino, Einaudi, 1959 (a selection of chapters as indicated by the teacher)

Further bibliographical information will be provided during the course.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
A.M. Ripellino Il trucco e l'anima. I maestri della regia nel teatro russo del Novecento Einaudi 1965 Una scelta di capitoli su indicazione della docente.
A.M. Ripellino Majakovskij e il teatro russo d'avanguardia Einaudi 1959 Una scelta di capitoli su indicazione della docente
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.
E. Lo Gatto Storia del teatro russo Sansoni 1952 Una scelta di capitoli su indicazione della docente.

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment through oral examination.

During the interview the students will be also asked to read, translate and comment the texts in Russian language analysed in class.

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 phenomena
- 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.
In case of texts in Russian language in the reference material, the student should be able to summarize and/or comment them in their original language.

This exam cannot be taken before passing Russian Literature 2 and Russian Language 2.