Reading the Russians

Ref: C2226632

The first half of the 19th century is considered the Golden Age of Russian literature. In this course we will explore a variety of texts by some of the most notable writers of Russia: Pushkin, Lermontov and Gogol. These books lead us to a world of romance and adventure, with a good dose of humour too! We will read prose, verse and drama in English translations, and discuss the books in class.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 19/02/2020

Course aim

To read and appreciate books written by Russian writers in the Golden Age of Russian literature, the first half of the 19th century. Books are to be read in the English translations and discussed in class.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course requires literacy as we will be reading books and discussing them. No prior experience is needed, only an open mind and a willingness to explore a different culture.

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

  • describe significant features of the Golden Age of Russian literature.
  • define and get acquainted with the style of Pushkin, Lermontov and Gogol.
  • Discover themes, characters and plots in books by Pushkin, Lermontov and Gogol.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • The WEA totur will use class discussions and small group discussions to make the learning interactive and enjoyable. Students will benefit from reading the books at home so that they may gain more out of the discussions.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • You may need to have access to the books we will discuss on the course. You may purchase the books or borrow them from your local library.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • The books we will discuss on this course are: Alexander Pushkin, "Eugene Onegin", translated by Stanley Mitchell (Penguin Classics) Mikhail Lermontov, "A Hero of Our Time" (any translation) Nikolai Gogol, "Marriage" and "The Government Inspector" (plays) (any translation)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Reading the Russians

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