RSb011 An Overview of Russian Literature I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Josef Šaur, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Josef Šaur, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Josef Šaur, Ph.D.
Department of Slavonic Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Josef Šaur, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Slavonic Studies – Faculty of Arts
Tue 10:00–11:40 B2.43
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The subjects An Overview of Russian Literature I and II introduce the basic courses of Russian literary history. They aim to give a general overview of Russian literature and culture from historical background. They will provide the students with key authors, works, currents, movements, and groups in a chronological sequence that characterize Russian culture and literature from the oldest times up to now (accentuating the 19–21-century literature), in connection to the social and political development of Russia. The meaning of the courses is not only a necessary factual account, but, above all, the knowledge of the social and aesthetic significance of Russian literature and its crucial texts for world literature, culture, and the cultivation of man and his world. The courses include independent reading.
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course, the student will be able:
- to identify and to sum up the significant features of the key periods of Russian cultural and historical as well as literary development;
- to determine the key figures, works, and artifacts of Russian literature;
- to name and to characterize the key events, currents, and streams in Russian literature;
- to explain the connection of the social and political changes in Russian and Russian culture and literature.
  • 1) The Specific Developmental Features of Russian Literature: the Problem of Periodization, Russia and Europe
  • 2) The Literature of the Kievan Rusʼ/Russia
  • 3) The Literature of the Muscovy Rusʼ and of the Beginnings of the Russian Empire
  • 4) The 18th-Century Transitory Period: the Framework of the “Russian Renaissance”, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, and the Enlightenment
  • 5) Russian Sentimentalism a Preromanticism
  • 6) Russian Romanticism
  • 7) The Natural school and the origins of realism
  • Jehlička, M.: Ruská literatura 19. století (od konce 18. století do začátku 20. století). Praha 1993.
  • PAŠKUROV, Aleksej Nikolajevič and Anatolij Il'jič RAZŽIVIN. Istorija russkoj literatury XVIII veka : učebnik : v dvuch častjach. 3-je izdanie, stereotipnoje. Moskva: Flinta, 2018, 533 stran. ISBN 9785976529762. info
  • POSPÍŠIL, Ivo. Kapitoly z ruské klasické literatury (nástin vývoje, klíčové problémy a diskuse) (Chapters from Russian Classical Literature (outline of development, key problems and discussion)). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2014, 178 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-7277-0. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • POSPÍŠIL, Ivo. Stará literatura východních Slovanů a ruská literatura 18. století (Přehled a exkurzy z literatury 11.-17. století) (Old Literature of Eastern Slavs and 18th-Century Russian Literature (Outline and Probes from the 11-17th-Century Literature)). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2014, 196 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-7281-7. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • ZAHRÁDKA, Miroslav. Slovník rusko-českých literárních vztahů. Vyd. 1. Ústí nad Orlicí: OFTIS, 2008, 318 s. ISBN 9788074050053. info
  • ZAHRÁDKA, Miroslav. Ruská literatura XIX. století v kontextu evropských literatur : (osobnosti a dialog literatur). 1. vyd. Olomouc: Periplum, 2005, 279 s. ISBN 8086624250. info
  • POSPÍŠIL, Ivo. Slovník ruských, ukrajinských a běloruských spisovatelů. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2001, 680 s. ISBN 8072770683. info
  • DOHNAL, Josef, Ivo POSPÍŠIL and Galina Pavlovna BINOVÁ. Panoráma ruské literatury (Panorama of Russian Literature). In Panoráma ruské literatury. 1st ed. Boskovice: Albert, 1995, 415 pp. ISBN 80-85834-04-9. info
  • The Cambridge history of Russian literature. Edited by Charles A. Moser. rev. ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992, x, 709. ISBN 0521425670. info
Teaching methods
The course has a form of a lecture with discussion, independent reading.
Assessment methods
oral exam, the exam includes a check of independent reading
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2023, Autumn 2024.
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