RSb046 Silver Age in Russian Literature

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
prof. PhDr. Josef Dohnal, CSc. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Josef Dohnal, CSc. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Josef Dohnal, CSc.
Department of Slavonic Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: prof. PhDr. Josef Dohnal, CSc.
Supplier department: Department of Slavonic Studies – Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
RSb012 An Overview of Russian Lit. II
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 course follows the study of 19th-century Russian literature and shows the specifics of the development of Russian literature at the turn of the 19th and 20th century in its connection to European literature and philosophy. The attention is paid on dynamic of literature development, on the main art movements, significant representatives of Russian literature and their works, all these in connection to key historical events (the Russian–Japanese War, unquiet 1905–1907 years, the World War I, revolutionary 1917 year), besides other things the course is also focused on the questions of the Russian literature development after 1917 and the emigration connected with it.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course the students will be able:
- to understand the origins of the modern Russian literature at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century
- to comprehend the situation in the society which strongly influenced the situation in Russian literature
- to emphasize the connection of the Russian literature with the European literature and arts
- to show the most important literary streams and to mention the significant authors and their works
  • The basic scheme of the course:
  • 1. the last third of the 19th century as a time of reactions to the social and historic context and the changes in the attitude towards reality
  • 2. pluralism of the artistic attitudes towards reality, symbolism in Europe and in Russia
  • 3. literary manifests of that time
  • 4. decadent tendencies and their literary representatives
  • 5. the journals of the symbolists (Vesy, …) and the main representatives of symbolism in Russian literature
  • 6. the tradition of realism and its changes (L. N. Tolstoy, V. G. Korolenko, M. Gorky, …)
  • 7. Andrej Bely as reformer of the tradition
  • 8. poetry at the beginning of the 20th century (“younger” symbolists, other streams)
  • 9. drama at the beginning of the 20th century (L. Andreev, M. Gorky, …)
  • 10. the most influencing writers “out of the styles” (I. Bunin, L. Andreev, …)
  • 11. futurism in Russian literature
  • 12. literature in the time of World War I. and Revolution 1917
  • 13. the postrevolutionary period, Russian literary emigration and the beginnings of “socialist realism” as the "only right style" in the Russian literature
    required literature
  • Hrala, M.: Ruská moderní literatura 1890-2000. Praha 2007.
    recommended literature
  • Русская литература рубежа веков (1890-е - начало 1920-х). В 2 книгах. Келдыш В.А. (отв. ред.). Москва, ИМЛИ РАН, Наследие, 2001. ISBN 5-9208-0063-1
  • Смирнова Л. А. Русская литература конца XIX — начала ХХ века. – Москва, Просвещение, 1993.
  • СОКОЛОВ А.Г. история русской литературы конца xix - начала xx века. Научная школа: Московский государственный университет имени М.В. Ломоносова. Москва 2013.
  • DOHNAL, Josef. Proměny modelu světa v ruské próze na přelomu XIX. a XX. století (The changes in the model of the world at the end of the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century). Vyd. 1. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2012, 176 pp. Spisy Masarykovy univerzity v Brně, FF ; č. 408. ISBN 978-80-210-5943-6. info
  • KASACK, Wolfgang. Slovník ruské literatury 20. století. Translated by Jiří F. Franěk. Praha: Votobia, 2000, 622 s. ISBN 8072200844. info
  • SOVÁKOVÁ, Jana and Vladimír FILIPOV. Obzor russkoj literatury :ot Slova o polku Igoreve k postmodernizmu. 1. vydání. Plzeň: Fraus, 1999, 113 stran. ISBN 8072380125. info
  • Istorija russkoj literatury : v četyrech tomach. Edited by Ksenija Dmitrijevna Muratova. Leningrad: Nauka, 1983, 782 s. info
  • KULEŠOV, Vasilij Ivanovič. Istorija russkoj literatury XIX veka, 70-90-je gody. Moskva: Vysšaja škola, 1983, 398 s. info
  • Istorija russkoj literatury 19 veka : vtoraja polovina. Edited by Sergej Mitrofanovič Petrov. 3. izd. Moskva: Prosveščenije, 1974, 575 s. info
  • MATHESIUS, Bohumil and Jiří F. FRANĚK. Přehled sovětské literatury. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1971. info
  • MATHESIUS, Bohumil and Jiří F. FRANĚK. Přehled sovětské literatury. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1971. info
    not specified
  • Istorija russkoj literatury : v trech tomach. Edited by F. I. Jevnin. Moskva: Nauka, 1964, 900 s. info
Teaching methods
- lecture
- seminar activities
- presentation of the student’s own analysis of literary text results
- discussion
Assessment methods
- oral exam
- final project
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
General note: Součástí zápočtu je kontrola povinné četby.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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