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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Russian Studies

Undergraduate Course: The Golden and Silver Ages of Russian Literature (1820-1920s) (ELCR08006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Russian literature course introduces students to a range of literary texts by the recognised literary "greats" from the nineteenth and twentieth century, such as Pushkin, Gogol, Chekhov, Bunin and others. One aim of the course is to give students an opportunity to appreciate the aesthetic and humanist qualities that have traditionally been valued in Russian literature. The social and historical context of these works will also be considered. Lectures will aim to give overviews of literary movements such as Romanticism, Realism, Modernism and provide close readings of texts on the syllabus.

Course aims:

To provide an introduction to the advanced study of Russian literature of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century;
To develop understanding of the key historical events and developments of the period, of the various literary genres studied;
To enable students to develop certain transferable skills:
in study and research;
in analysis, in criticism and evaluation;
in oral and written communication;
in presentation.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Russian Studies 1A (ELCR08005) OR Russian Studies 1B (ELCR08002)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Russian Language 2 (ELCR08003)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students MUST have passed Russian Studies 1A OR Russian Studies 1B OR equivalent
Additional Costs texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting student do not need to meet the co-requisite rule.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Construct clear and coherent arguments about the Golden Age of Russian literature through analysis of a range of texts spanning different socio-political contexts.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of texts, films and other cultural production, and the historical conditions under which Russian transnational culture developed since the 18th century.
  3. Appraise literary texts and films in the transnational context, using appropriate critical approaches, scholarship, theoretical underpinnings, and terminology.
  4. Use the appropriate theory when conducting the analysis of primary material
  5. Produce comparative analysis of various cultural productions across the geographical spaces and historical periods.
Reading List
Our reading list is published at this link:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC Russian 2 Lit
Course organiserDr Alexandra Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 1381
Course secretaryMr Craig Adams
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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