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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SLAV3411 THe Spaces of Russian Literature
20 creditsClass Size: 12
Module manager: Sarah Hudspith
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is mutually exclusive with
|SLAV2410||The Spaces of Russian Literature|
|SLAV2411||The Spaces of Russian Literature|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module examines how Russian writers imagine and conceptualise space and place. Across the vastness of the territories of the Tsarist Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation, what spaces do authors write about and why? How do they represent them and how does this affect our understanding of Russian culture and society in different periods of history? The diversity of representations of space in literature of the region will allow students to become familiar with a number of cultural concepts and theoretical approaches, such as the imagined city, centre and periphery, empire, national identity, the gendering of space. Students will read a number of texts drawn from the 19th century to the 21st century, in English translation. No knowledge of Russian language is necessary.
ObjectivesThe objective of the module is to acquaint students with a broad selection of Russian literature from the 19th up to the 21st century, and simultaneously to introduce them to a number of theoretical concepts and approaches of literary and cultural studies that are associated with the notion of space. This will enhance students’ understanding of Russian culture and furnish them with sophisticated analytical skills that may be applied elsewhere in their current or future studies.
1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of Russian culture as portrayed through the medium of literature.
2. Demonstrate a sophisticated ability to apply a range of theoretical concepts and approaches to the analysis of literature.
3. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate key arguments and perspectives in relevant scholarship.
4. Identify and design a research question and pursue an independent analytical argument in relation to the module content.
5. Communicate understanding of a chosen aspect of the module content by means of an oral presentation.
The module will offer a diverse syllabus that includes both male and female authors, writing from or about both ‘European’ Russia and regions of the former Tsarist Empire / Soviet Union. Texts may vary from year to year. The module will cover the following overlapping and interrelated topics:
Urban and rural space
Centre and periphery
Empire and marginal voices
Space and national identity
The gendering of space
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyReading set texts and recommended reading, preparing for classes: 100 hours
Preparation for and undertaking assessments: 80 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackLevel 3 students will have the opportunity to undertake as a formative exercise the literature review set for students taking the Level 2 module variant and receive formative feedback on this. Formative feedback will also be given on the oral presentation at the end of Semester 1, which will provide the basis of initial advice on the choice of essay topic in Semester 2. Student progress will also be monitored via participation in seminar discussion.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Literature Review||1200 words||0.00|
|Presentation||verbal 6-8 minutes||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
The verbal presentation will be video-recorded.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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