RUSSIAN LITERATURE I
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course will examine poetic culture in the golden age of Russian literature through the work of A.S. Pushkin and F.I. Tyutchev. The study of two such different figures in Russian Romanticism will make it possible to develop a wide-ranging, multi-faceted panorama of early 19th century culture. Pushkin’s key role in Russian culture will also introduce elements of later poetry, above all from the early 20th century.
Course contents summary
The sun and moon of Russian poetry. Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin and Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev
The apparent contrast between the two great 19th century poets, between day and night, classical Apollonian harmony and romantic Dionysian chaos, crumbles when their texts are subjected to detailed, comprehensive examination. The course will look at the two writers’ poetic career in the context of 19th and 20th century literary developments, and dedicating particular attention to the heritage of these two great poets in the early 20th century.
J.M. Lotman, Puškin: vita di Aleksandr Sergeevič Puškin, Liviana, Padua, 1990
J.M. Lotman, Il testo e la storia: l'"Evgenij Onegin" di Puskin, Il Mulino, Bologna1985
A.S. Pushkin, Poemi e liriche, versioni, introduzione e note di Tommaso Landolfi, Adelphi, Milan 2001. (The parts of this book that will be considered for the exam are: Introduction, the Prisoner of the Caucasus, The Gypsies, all lyric poetry)
A.S. Puskin, Evgenij Onegin, any Italian edition.
A.S. Pushkin, Piccole tragedie, Rizzoli, Milan 1998. (The parts of this book that will be considered for the exam are: the introduction by Serena Vitale, and the tragedy Mozart and Salieri)
A.M. Ripellino, Letteratura come itinerario nel meraviglioso, Einaudi, Turin, 1968 (the chapters on Pushkin and Tyutchev)
F.I. Tjutčev, Mattino di dicembre e altre poesie, ed. Maurizia Calusio, Mondadori, Milan 1993. (The introduction should also be studied)
F.I. Tjutčev, Poesie, (ed. Eridano Bazzarelli), Rizzoli, Milan 1993 (The introduction should also be studied)
J. Tynjanov, Avanguardia e tradizione, Dedalo, Bari 1968 (the chapters on Pushkin and Tyutchev)
S. Vitale, Il bottone di Puskin, Adelphi, Milan 1995 (or later paperback editions).
From the textbook Storia della civiltà letteraria russa, Utet, Turin 1997: volume 1, pages 367-397; 434-463; 627-637
During lessons, further poetic texts will be added to the programme, and progressively made available to students on the respective course web page at http://corsi.unipr.it. Students should refer to this page regularly before lessons in order to receive materials and handouts.
Frontal lessons and oral debate.