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RUSSIAN LITERATURE I
LETTERATURA RUSSA I

Geographies of Exile from Pushkin to Brodsky
Geografie dell'esilio da Puškin a Brodskij

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Martina Morabito Friday
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language Russian
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Modern Languages and Civilisations (L-11)
Curriculum: LETTERARIO
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Learning Objectives

Il corso fornisce un’introduzione alla letteratura russa attraverso l’analisi di un tema specifico, quello dell’esilio. Verrà esplorato il fenomeno dell’emigrazione da un punto di vista storico, e si rifletterà su concetti quali memoria, nostalgia, identità ibrida, autobiografia, viaggio, in un percorso di letture che parte dall’Ottocento per giungere al mondo contemporaneo.

The course introduces Russian Literature through the analysis of a specific theme: the exile. We will explore this theme from a historical point of view, considering concepts such as memory, nostalgia, hybrid identities, autobiography, travelogue.

Program

Historical and Metodological Introduction: exile and self-imposed exile, the relationship between the poet and the State, waves of migration in Russian history, geographies of the Russian diaspora. Literary genres: memoir, autobiography, travelogue. 

Literature: Aleksandr Puškin, Michail Lermontov, Ivan Bunin, Vladislav Chodasevič, Viktor Šklovskij, Vladimir Nabokov, Gajto Gazdanov, Vasilij Kandinskij, Nina Berberova, Teffi, Irina Guadanini, Iosif Brodskij.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding: knowledge and ability to understand contents and problems concerning the theme of the exile within the context of Russin literature, and the more generic subject of the course, identifying key moments in the history of Russian Literature

Applying knowledge and understanding: application of knowledge to specific literary products, showing the ability to recognize the historical roots of cultural processes

Making judgements: acquisition of information in the field of Russian literature in order to reflect upon specific poems and novels; ability to formulate personal hypothesis

Communication skills: use of a clear and precise language, adopting the specific vocabulary.

Learning skills: independent studying and learning

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Lectures

Course books

1) Sections from Boym Svetlana, The Future of Nostalgia, Basic Books 2001; Maria Rubins, Russian Montparnasse. Transnational Writing in Interwar Paris, Palgrave 2015; Aciman, André, Letters of Transit, The New Press 2000; Boym, Svetlana, “Estrangement as a Lifestyle: Shklovsky and Brodsky”, Poetics Today vol. 17, No. 4, 1996; Bethea, David e Siggy, Frank, “Exile and Russian Literature”, in The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Russian Literature, Cambridge University Press 2011; Carpi, Guido, “La Russia fuori dalla Russia”, in Storia della letteratura russa, II, Carocci Editore 2020; Figes, Orlando, “La Russia esule”, in La danza di Nataša, Piccola Biblioteca Einaudi, 2008.

2) Berberova, Nina, Il corsivo è mio, Adelphi 1989; Chodasevic, Vladislav, Necropoli, Adelphi 1985; Nabokov, Vladimir, Parla, ricordo, Adelphi 2010; Šklovskij, Viktor, Zoo, o lettere non d’amore, Sellerio 2002; Teffi, Da Mosca al Mar Nero, Neri Pozza 2017.

3) Literary texts read in classes.

Assessment

Oral test evaluating knowledge and understanding (history of Russian literature from its origins to the Avant-garde, some authors and specific works); applied knowledge and understanding (applications to specific and complex literary cases); competences (critical and independent judgment, with reference to the discussion of the theme of exile in a European context).

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