Undergraduate Course: The Post-Soviet Word, Image and Memory (Ordinary) (ELCR09001)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course provides an approach to post-Soviet Russian culture through a consideration of different media, including literature, cinema, television and newspapers. It encourages an interdisciplinary approach to post-Soviet Russian culture and, through textual analysis, the development of reading skills in Russian. The emphasis on individual project work enables students to pursue aspects of the subject that are of particular interest to them, while gaining the perspective offered by the wider cultural context.
The course will study several important films, paintings, monuments, media texts and literary texts in order to analyse the most significant cultural and political trends that emerged in the post-Soviet period. The course will examine the relevance of established postmodernist theoretical and semiotic approaches to Russian culture of the 1990s-2000s.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| BA/Ordinary students and Visiting Students. Students should attend classes alongside ELCR10014.
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||In order to be eligible to take 4th Year Options, Visiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s)
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Exam 70%; Essay (2500 words) 30%.
||written feedback on essay outlines, essays, and exam papers.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of Russian culture of the 1990s-2000s, including major cultural and socio-political trends.
- Appraise texts and artefacts within their historical and cultural contexts using appropriate critical theory vocabulary and terminology, and a range of critical approaches, and methods of interpretation.
- Engage with and interpret layers of meaning within individual texts and artefacts, and between groups of texts.
- Develop effective communication, presentation and interaction skills across a range of media.
- Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team.
|Pelevin "Genertaion P"|
Tolstaya: a few stories and essays
Kibirov: a few poems
Petrushevskaya: a few stories
Zviagintsev: The Return
Balabanov: Brother 1, Brother 2, and War
Mikhalkov: Burnt by the Sun
Uchitel': The Stroll
Sokurov: Russian Ark
Paintings, monuments and installations by these artists: Tsereteli, Komar and Melamid, Shemiakin, Kabakov, and Butalov
*Mikhail Epstein, Alexander Genis, Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover
Russian Postmodernism :
New Perspectives on Post-Soviet Culture.
New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 1999.
*Lipovetsky, Mark.Russian Postmodernist Fiction: Dialogue with Chaos. Ed. Eliot Borenstein. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1999.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research, communicative, analytical and writing skills relevant for literary studies, cultural studies, journalism, history, film studies and political science.
|Keywords||Post-Soviet culture; film; memory; Russian literature.
|Course organiser||Dr Alexandra Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 1381
|Course secretary||Miss Julie Gifford
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026