RUSSIAN LITERATURE III
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Reading and analysis of texts as an introduction to the tragic history of the twentieth century Russian.
This approach to Russian literature texts will offer to the students a basic knowledge and understanding in the field of the Russian literary culture in the XIX century.
During the course, the student learns to
- understand the early XXth century Russian literary scene and, through the prism of the studied poetry, to grasp the historical, political, cultural and artistic panorama where it has taken that specific form;
- approach to literary texts in the original language, highlighting the formal characteristics and linking them with all the vivid polemics of the Stalinism;
find independently additional information on the topics discussed bibliography using both in print and digital material;
make judgments informed and motivated, based on a careful decoding of the text:
- refine the method of slow reading by applying it freely to other texts, exposing their interpretations in the light of the critical literature on the subject.
An elementary knowledge of Russian
Course contents summary
Anna Akhmatova. The resistence of poetry. After an overview of the poetry of Anna Akhmatova, the course will focus on the last period of activity of the poet, when History breaks into her work and is at the heart of her reflection. Anna Akhmatova's poetry becomes a firm voice which is accompanied by a clear view on the tragic events of her age. The Second World War, the siege of Leningrad and the alienating experience of totalitarism enter by force in the writing of this poet who was considered a "chamber poetess", drawing upon her the malevolent attention of the regime. The personal history of Akhmatova from the beginning intertwined with that of many other contemporary (Aleksandr Blok, Nikolai Gumilev, Osip Mandelshtam, Boris Pasternak and Marina Tsvetaeva) thus become the point of reference for the entire Russian people.
Class lections with audiovisual material and oral discussion.
During the lectures the professor will introduce the main elements of the historical and cultural context, the author's profile and the novel, using both the bibliography of the course and additional visual or textual materials, that will be available on the platform LEA. Suggestions for individual path of study and analysis will be provided, to stimulate a more original and independent approach to the subject.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination and elective papers.
The oral examination will check
- Knowledge of texts, authors, their ideological context and formal issues of the literary period in question;
- Adequate ability to study independently, to re-elaborate personally the material learned during the course, to propose individual insights that go beyond the topics covered in the course, to solve problems decoding complex texts, and make independent judgments.
In order to verify the achievement of such knowledge and skills, oral test questions are designed to assess the knowledge, the ability of independent and original reworking of such knowledge, and the ability to apply knowledge through the analysis of the text and to extend it through connections, comparisons and contrasts.
The examination won't be considerated sufficient when the student can't demontrate a minimum understanding of the course material and the necessary ability to work autonomously with the course's content. Sufficient evaluation (18-23/30) is determined by the demonstration by the student to have learned the basic and minimum contents of the course, a sufficient level of self-preparation, ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and decoding of texts, as well as the formulation of independent judgment. Scores between 24 and -27 are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a level more than sufficient (24-25/30) or good (26-27/30) evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awardedin presence of a very good to excellent evaluation.