Second year module
NOT AVAILABLE 2011-12
Lecturer: Natalia Rulyova
In the first semester students study Russian novels written in the period 1825-1862. They learn about the context in which the novels were written and study the specific literary characteristics of each work and its contribution to the development of the genre. Level 1 students give presentations on specific aspects of the novels; level 2 students give presentations and lead class discussion. In the second semester students study Russian novels written in the period 1863-1900.
Individual works are considered in the context of key themes including the superfluous man, the Westerniser / Slavophile debate, social reform, the “woman question”.
Works in other genres are considered where appropriate.
To outline the development of the novel in nineteenth-century Russia
To apply appropriate literary-critical techniques of analysis to fictional works
To identify key stylistic and thematic features of the novels studied
To compare and contrast the approach of different authors to similar situations or problems
To place specific works in their literary, historical and societal contexts
To research limited pre-defined questions which include elements of comparison and contrast by the critical use of secondary literature and present findings verbally to the class and in written form in essays
To lead class discussions