Russian Literature 3 (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Anna Giust
Anna Giust
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

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.


The course will provide an overview of the evolution of musical theatre in Russia from the beginning of the local tradition to modern developments (18th-20th centuries). Some of the most significant examples will be taken into consideration, among which there figure masterpieces that today represent an attraction in major Russian and international theaters. The lessons will aim to highlight the close link between the musical and the literary worlds, and at the same time give an account of the evolution of expressive languages in the two sectors. The following texts inserted in the respective genesis context and in the creative path of their authors will be treated:

A. O. Ablesimov, The Miller Magician
A. S. Pushkin, Ruslan and Lyudmila, The Stone Guest, Boris Godunov, The Miserly Knight
A.A. Shachovskoy, Ivan Susanin
N. V. Gogol’, The Nose, The Marriage, Dead Souls
P.I. Chaykovsky, The Oprichnik

The course will be held in Italian, but will include reading and analyzing some passages in the original language.

Given the method of delivery of the course scheduled for the first semester, the programme does not differ for attending and non-attending students.

Passages selected tath will be hardly accessible will be made available on the Moodle page of the course.

Erasmus students can contact the teacher for the assignment of an alternative bibliography.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
P. Buskovitch Breve storia della Russia. Dalle origini a Putin Einaudi 2013
Giust Anna Cercando l'opera russa, La formazione di una coscienza nazionale nel teatro musicale del Settecento Feltrinelli-Amici della Scala 2014 978-88-85843-19-6 Feltrinelli distribuisce il libro in formato e-book; Amici della Scala in formato cartaceo. Per il corso si indicherà una selezione di pagina.
Gianluca Ranzi (a cura di) Dmitrij Sostakovic, Il grande compositore sovietico Fondazione MUDIMA 2019 978-889-992-536-9 Una selezione di pagine
Rubenst Tedeschi I figli di Boris, L'opera russa da Glinka a Sostakovic EDT 1990 88-7063-071-4 Esiste anche una ristampa più recente che potrà essere utilizzata.
Giorgio Pagannone Insegnare il melodramma, Saperi istituzionali, proposte didattiche Pensa multimedia 2010 978-88-8232-806-1 Una selezione di pagine
Ugo Persi I suoni incrociati, Poeti e musicisti nella Russia romantica Il lume a petrolio 1999 88-8209-116-3 Una selezione di pagine.
Nicoletta Cabassi e Kumusch Imanalieva L'opera comica russa nel Settecento MUP 2010 978-88-7847-334-8 Una selezione di pagine
Richard Taruskin Music in the Nineteenth Century Oxford University Press 2010 978-0-19-538483-3 Un saggio all'interno di questo libro.
Richard Taruskin Musorgskij, Otto saggi e un epilogo Astrolabio 2014 978-88-340-1671-8 Un saggio all'interno di questo libro. Chi fosse interessato può preferire l'edizione originale in inglese.
M. Colucci e R. Picchio (a cura di) Storia della civiltà letteraria russa UTET 1997

Assessment methods and criteria


Exam: oral exam.
The questions will be consistent with the fundamental issues of the course.
At the exam, one of the aspects of knowledge verification will be the reading, translation and commentary of literary texts.
The evaluazion will follow the following criteria:
- correctness and completeness of the responses in terms of content;
- analytical skills;
- clarity of presentation, argumentative ability and knowledge of the specific vocabulary.

Prerequisites: to be admitted to the exam, students should have passed the exams of Russian language 2 and Russian literature 2.

Assessment method: single mark out of thirty. During the evaluation phase, the quality of personal reworking and the ownership of language with which the topics will be exposed will be taken into account.