Course Code: 3XRL10A20
Start Date: 16/09/2020Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 10
Time: 10.00am - 12.00 noon
This course will give a background to the development of Russian literature and discuss its particular characteristics. The emphasis will be on its emergence in the early nineteenth century, and the importance of the works of Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) will also be covered. Mikhail Lermontov (1814-41) was the first writer of a Russian psychological novel, with A Hero of Our Time (1840). Nikolay Gogol (1809-52), the author of Dead Souls (1842), the first great Russian novel, was a strange writer who mixed fantasy, realism and satire into his work. By understanding these authors and their works we will better able to appreciate the masterworks of their successors Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov.