Russian literature 1 (2019/2020)

Course code
4S008344
Name of lecturer
Manuel Boschiero
Coordinator
Manuel Boschiero
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Other available courses
Academic sector
L-LIN/21 - SLAVIC STUDIES
Language of instruction
Italian
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 leads the students to learn the basic features of the literary and cultural history of Russia. At the end of the course, students will be able to: 1) know the most relevant events and the main peculiarities of the Russian history, as well as the essential elements of Modern Russian literature with particular reference to the 19th century; 2) apply the acquired knowledge to the analysis of the literary works presented during the classes, with the help of the provided critical references; 3) have the ability to formulate autonomous judgments about the main themes of the course, and to explain them correctly and coherently.

Syllabus

1) A walk through Russian History
2) 19th century Russian Literature. The main theme of the course will be the representation of the city in the selected texts.

Primary sources:
1) A.S. Puškin, Mednyj vsadnik (Il cavaliere di bronzo);
2) N.V. Gogol’, Revizor (Il revisore); Nos (Il naso); Šinel’ (Il cappotto); Nevskij prospekt (La prospettiva Nevskij);
3) F.M. Dostoevskij, Prestuplenie i nakazanie (Delitto e castigo);
4) L.N. Tolstoj, Vojna i mir (Guerra e pace) (selezione di pagine);
5) A.P. Čechov, Palata n. 6 (Reparto n. 6).

Secondary sources:
1) G. P. Piretto, La Russia “dentro e fuori l’Europa”, in AA. VV., Mappe della letteratura europea e Mediterranea, vol. III, Da Gogol’ al Postmoderno, a cura di G.M. Anselmi, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2001, pp. 1-54;
2) V. Šklovskij, L’arte come procedimento, in T. Todorov (a cura di), I formalisti russi, Torino, Einaudi 2000 (I ed. 1968), pp. 73-94;
3) Strada Vittorio, Idea di Čechov, in ID, Le veglie della ragione, Einaudi, Torino, 1986, pp. 91-131;
4) Ju. Mann, Il revisore. La situazione generale e l’intreccio miraggio, in ID, La poetica di Gogol’, a cura di Cinzia De Lotto, Roma, Lithos, 2014, pp. 179-272;
5) M. Bachtin, Dostoevskij. Poetica e stilistica, Torino, Einaudi, 2002 (una selezione di pagine);

General reference:
1) M. Colucci e R. Picchio (a cura di), Storia della civiltà letteraria russa, Torino, UTET 1997 (le parti relative agli autori e ai periodi trattati);
2) P. Buskovitch, Breve storia della Russia. Dalle origini a Putin, Torino, Einaudi, 2013 (le parti relative ai periodi trattati).

Teaching mode: frontal lessons, e-learning
Other materials will be provided on the course e-learning page.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
P. Buskovitch Breve storia della Russia. Dalle origini a Putin Einaudi 2013
Ju. Mann La poetica di Gogol' Lithos 2014
M. Colucci e R. Picchio (a cura di) Storia della civiltà letteraria russa UTET 1997

Assessment methods and criteria

Intermediate evaluation: written exam on Russian History.
Final evaluation: oral exam.
The questions will cover any of the topics mentioned in the programme. During the interview, the student will be asked to analyse the literary texts proposed during the classes.

The assessment will consider the following criteria:
- Content accuracy and completeness
- Achievement of adequate analysis abilities
- Clarity in the exposition, arguing ability, and knowledge of the subject-specific lexicon.

Prerequisites for exam:
This exam cannot be taken before having passed Saperi Minimi.