Russian Literature through Russian Eyes

Ref: C2228597

When Tolstoy's novel "Anna Karenina" was published, Dostoevsky enthused that ‘at last the existence of the Russian people had been justified.’ In this course we’ll discuss the role of Russian literature in world culture from a Russian perspective, in forming the Russian national cultural code and shaping the national identity. We’ll analyse some literary samples from Pushkin, Tolstoy, Chekhov and Silver Age poetry, discuss the life and works of the Nobel prize winners Pasternak and Alexievich and compare the paths of Russian writers under the Soviet regime. The course is based on PowerPoint presentations and supplemented with handouts, a Reading list and links to some classical films.

Course aim

To introduce the Russian perception of the role of Russian literature in world culture by analysing a few samples from Pushkin, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Silver age poetry and discussing the life and works of some Russian Nobel prize winners.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • It is not compulsory, but advisable to read one or two Russian literary works – stories, poems, novels - prior to the course to share your ideas.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Establish the role of Russian literature in world culture from the Russian perspective.
  • Analyse a few samples from Russian literature of 19th and 20th CC.
  • Discuss the life and fate of some Literature Nobel prize Russian winners.
  • Compare the two paths of Russian writers during the Soviet regime.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

It would be good if you could read any books – stories, poems, novels - by Russian authors before the course to share your experience.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Russian Literature through Russian Eyes

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Conditions

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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