RUSSIAN LITERATURE II
A fairly good knowledge of Russian
Course contents summary
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 and oral discussion