Undergraduate Course: The Great Russian Novel (ELCR10002)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course facilitates a critical engagement with the Russian novel of the 19th century. In 19th century Russia, the novel, both as an art form and an expression of the human condition reached as extraordinary level of development within a very short space of time. Whilst the remarkable works of fiction produced in this period form a unique picture of a society in a period of rapid change and flux, they are much more than this - they belong rightly to world literature and they have long been regarded as amongst the finest in their genre as well as pushing further the boundaries of the genre.
Following the brief 'Golden Age' of Pushkin and his gifted contemporaries, such remarkable writers as Gogol, Goncharov, Turgenev, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy had established themselves as important writers and thinkers. They are widely known in Russia and abroad. The course will study selected works by some of these authors while paying particular attention to how in the absence of recognizable civil institutions in Russia, the novel and its associated body of literary polemics became the focal point for a debate about the whole range of human experience. Emphasis will be given to the role of the writer, the novels' reflection on development of Russian society and the place of Russia in the world.
The course will study several important Russian 19th-c. novels in order to analyse their main themes, ideas and characters in relation to historical, socio-political and cultural contexts in which they were written. The course will examine the relevance of established approaches to these novels produced in Russia and in the west. Through a close textual study of key texts, this option aims to foster an understanding of the ways Russian writers engaged with contemporary society and culture and how they contributed to the construction of national and personal identities that revolved around the binary opposition "Russia and Europe" .
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||VS should be enrolled on ELCR09002. 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 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial 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)
||Final essay (submitted in week 12): 2,000 words=60 %;
Presentations in the end of the course (week 10): 5 min podcasts uploaded to Learn=20%;
Discussion board/participation - 20% (a minimum participation: 4 entries=8%).
Annotated bibliography (300 words) - 0% (formative assessment: submitted by week 10)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the development and defining characteristics of the nineteenth-century Russian novel.
- Articulate and provide examples of major Russian and European literary trends and contexts during the nineteenth century.
- Analyse the nineteenth-century Russian novel's contribution to the formation of national identities and canons.
- Apply literary theory and a comparative approach to Russian nineteenth-century novels.
Pushkin Eugene Onegin
Gogol Dead Souls
Tolstoy War and Peace
Tolstoy Anna Karenina
Malcolm Jones and Robin Feuer Miller, eds. The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998). (Available online via DiscoverEd.)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||DELC Great Russian Novel
|Course organiser||Dr Alexandra Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 1381
|Course secretary||Miss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646