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Andrea Lena Corritore
  • Andrea Lena Corritore
  • 54 ore - Andrea Lena Corritore
Course Regulation
Coorte 2023
Learning activities
Letterature straniere
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Italian, Russian
The course provides a first approach to the study of Russian literature of the early twentieth century, through some of its most representative figures: Cechov, Blok, Babel', Bulgakov.
In particular it will provide an overview of trends, schools, movements and authors that have marked the Russian-Soviet cultural life in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Reference texts
Reference monographs
N. Riasanovsky, Storia della Russia. Dalle origini ai giorni nostri, Milano, Bompiani, 1997 (or other edition; some chapters)
Storia della civiltà letteraria russa, diretta da M. Colucci e R. Picchio, II: Il Novecento, Torino, Utet, 1997 (some chapters. Text not available for purchase, can be found in the University libr)
G. Carpi, Storia della letteratura russa. II. Dalla rivoluzione d’Ottobre a oggi, Roma, Carocci, 2016 (some chapters).
Critical essays on individual authors.

Reading texts
A. Cechov: The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; The Cherry Orchard.
A. Blok: a selection of verses; The Twelve; essays from Intelligencija and Revolution.
I. Babel’: The Horsemen's Army.
M. Bulgakov: The White Guard; Fatal Eggs; Heart of a Dog; The Master and Margarita.

Additional texts and photocopies will be provided during the lessons. Also in English.
Some materials will be available on the UniStudium platform, on the course page.
Working and non-attending students must agree in advance with the course professor on the syllabus and any additional teaching materials required for exam preparation.
Students with disabilities and/or with SLDs, after consultation with the course professor, may request any teaching materials in accessible formats (presentations, handouts, workbooks), provided if necessary in advance of the lessons, as well as the use of other technological tools to facilitate study. For general information, please consult the University Services at https://lettere.unipg.it/home/disabilita-e-dsa and contact the Contact Person for the Department.
Educational objectives
The course provides a first approach to the study of Russian literature of the early twentieth century. The main objective of this course is to make students aware of the specificities of the Russian cultural reality of the early twentieth century; it also provides an opportunity to approach the reading and analysis of poetic-literary texts of early twentieth-century Russian literature. The main skills acquired can be applied by students in the future professional field. They will cover: knowledge of authors, works, schools and movements of early 20th century Russian literature.
Students must have basic knowledge concerning the European and extra-European history of the twentieth century.
Teaching methods
The course is organised as follows:
lectures in the classroom; reading with commentary and analysis of excerpts from works (also in seminar form with the active collaboration of the students); screening of films related to the main topics covered.
Other information
Attendance: at least 60% of lessons.
To be admitted to the examination, students who do not attend classes must arrange in advance an alternative program with the course professor.

Consulting hours will be communicated on the teacher's personal page.
Students with disabilities and/or SLDs: for any information on the University's services, please visit https://lettere.unipg.it/home/disabilita-e-dsa and contact the Departmental Contact Person.
Learning verification modality
Final oral test. Questions covering themes of history and literature. If not passed, the examination can not be attended in the same examination session.

Students with disabilities and/or SLDs: for the way the tests are conducted, students can make use of the inclusive technologies, compensatory tools and dispensatory measures provided for by the regulations. Technologies, tools and measures must be requested and agreed with the teacher well in advance of the tests. For general information, consult the University Services at https://lettere.unipg.it/home/disabilita-e-dsa and get in touch with the Departmental Contact Person.
Extended program
The course provides an initial approach to the study of early 20th century Russian literature, from the particular perspective of the transition from the literary avant-garde to the birth of socialist realism, through some of its most important figures: Cechov, Blok, Babel', Bulgakov. The great historical-cultural events that led to the birth of literary and artistic avant-garde in Russia (with particular regard to the October Revolution as a central moment in Russian history) will be explored, an attempt will be made to give an overview of trends, schools and authors who recognized themselves in the avant-garde, deepening some of the their most important expressions in the field of arts and culture without, however, neglecting the work of artistic and literary groups, which recognized themselves in the flow of the XIX century tradition. The historical, political and literary process that will culminate with the birth of socialism realism as the only artistic method admitted in the USSR will be illustrated
Obiettivi Agenda 2030 per lo sviluppo sostenibile
4, 5, 16
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