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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLAV2410 The Spaces of Russian Literature

15 creditsClass Size: 8

Module manager: Sarah Hudspith

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

SLAV2411The Spaces of Russian Literature
SLAV3411The Spaces of Russian Literature

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This 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.


The 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 analytical skills that may be applied elsewhere in their current or future studies.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Russian culture as portrayed through the medium of literature.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to apply a range of theoretical concepts and approaches to the analysis of literature.
3. Demonstrate an ability to identify, provide an account of and engage with key arguments and perspectives in relevant scholarship.
4. Demonstrate an ability to sustain an analytical argument in relation to the module content.


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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Reading set texts and recommended reading, preparing for classes: 80 hours
Preparation for and undertaking assessments: 55 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

As a formative exercise, Level 2 students will listen to and prepare questions on the recorded oral presentations submitted by the students on the Level 3 variant of the module, and will receive feedback on this. Students will receive written feedback on the assessed literature review with a view to supporting their peformance in the assessed essay. Student progress will also be monitored via participation in seminar discussion.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 words70.00
Literature Review1200 words30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/11/2023


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