Level of study First Year
Credit value 10
Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin
In the first Semester students study Russian novels written in the period 1900-1960. They learn about the demands made on literature and writers by different groups in society and the context in which the novels were written. They study the specific literary characteristics of each work and its contribution to the development of the genre. Students give presentations on specific aspects of the novels.
In the second Semester, students study Russian novels written since 1960. The courses conclude with an examination of the development of publishing and literary life since the break-up of the Soviet Union. Individual works are considered in the context of key themes including dystopian fiction, Soviet arts policy, censorship and repression, Socialist Realism, émigré literature. Works in other genres are considered where appropriate.
Teaching and learning methods
This module taught alternate years. It is available 2011-12 but not 2012-12.
These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.
This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 2 x 2,000 summative essay (45%) each plus presentation (10%).