July 6 – 17, 2020
2 ECTS, 20 contact hours in total
Study the great works of Russian literature in the city that inspired so many of them!
In this course we will analyze a wide array of short stories by some of the most important writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course is intended both as an introduction to Russian literature and culture and, more generally, as an introduction to literary analysis as a powerful form of critical thinking.
The course is taught by Vadim Shkolnikov, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature and Linguistics, HSE.
Russian literature is famous for its passion, its raw psychological intensity, its unparalleled philosophical introspection—its tendency to question everything. The course examenes the evolving aesthetics of the short story in relation to the dynamics of Russian cultural history. In turn, students will attempt to conceptualize Russian cultural history as something like a history of desire
Readings from Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Zoshchenko, Nabokov, Petrushevskaya, Tolstaya.
Skills and Competence
Upon completion of this course, students will:
- acquire an understanding of the changing artistic forms of the Russian short story and its place within the Western literary tradition
- acquire an understanding of the dynamic relationship between Russian literature and the historical evolution of Russian society
- develop essential skills of critical thinking and analysis
- become familiar with contemporary analytical approaches in the study of the humanities
Lectures, assigned readings, class discussion, online discussion forum, writing assignment (final essay).
Students will be asked to write an essay on a certain topic.
Final Grade Background
Class attendance and participation, participation in online discussion forum, final essay.
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