Aims/Description: Russian literature is famous for its big novels - but for many Russians, lyric poetry is at least as important. This module explores the connection between the two through a range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts from Pushkin to Tsvetaeva. You'll be given guidance on reading short poems out loud in Russian - a great way to develop both your proficiency in the language as well as confidence in your voice. You'll then learn to analyse the poems in detail and set them in their historical and literary context. Having done this, you'll be able to understand the complexities of prose texts by Tolstoy, Dostoevsky or Chekhov. We finish with the vibrant and innovative poetry of the early twentieth century and examine some of its responses to the political and artistic upheavals of the time. Level-appropriate guidance on approaches to literary study will be given. Regular and varied assessments spread the workload through the year and give you plenty of opportunities to receive feedback (including some from your fellow students) and develop a range of analytical skills.

Restrictions on availability: Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the Russian language equal or superior to CEFR Level A2. SLC students must be taking Russian language modules at MLTC Advanced level or above.

Staff Contact: FERGUS ADAM A
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Presentation, Project/ portfolio

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