RSb012 An Overview of Russian Literature II

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
prof. PhDr. Ivo Pospíšil, DrSc. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Ivo Pospíšil, DrSc. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Ivo Pospíšil, DrSc.
Department of Slavonic Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: doc. PhDr. Jiří Gazda, CSc.
Supplier department: Department of Slavonic Studies – Faculty of Arts
Mon 16:00–17:40 A31
Prerequisites (in Czech)
RSb011 An Overview of Russian Lit. I
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 aim of the subject is to acquaint the students with the characteristics of the most important periods, authors and works of Russian literature from its very beginnings up to the present time accentuating the 19–21-century literature. The meaning of the course is not only a necessary factual account, but, above all, the knowledge of social and aesthetic significance of Russian literature and its crucial texts for world literature, culture and the cultivation of man and his world.
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course, the student will be able to comprehend the development and the main trends, figures and works of Russian literature, to interpret them; at the same time, he will follow on from the experience and will be able to construe this topic in the cultivated written form in the term paper.
  • 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) Russian Realism – “the Golden Age”
  • 8) Russian Modernism (“the Silver Age”), and the Avantgarde
  • 9) Russian Postmodernism
  • 10) Conservative Streams in Russian Literature
  • 11) The Key Genres in Russian Literary Development (Chronicle, Novel, Narrative Poem)
  • 12) Russian Literature and Its Contexts (Czech, European, Universal)
  • Reading: 10 basic titles form Russian literature, especially from the 19th – 21st centuries
  • Recommended authors:
  • A. S. Pushkin, M. Yu. Lermontov, N. V. Gogol’, P. Ya. Chadaev, F. I. Tyutchev, I. S. Turgenev, I. A. Goncharov, F. M. Dostoevsky, L. N. Tolstoy, A. Grigoryev, V. G. Belinsky, N. G. Chernyshevsky, M. Ye. Saltykov-Shchedrin, N. Nekrasov, A. N. Ostrovsky, A. V. Sukhovo-Kobylin, N. S. Leskov, A. P. Chekhov, D. S. Merezhkovsky, M. Gorky, L. Andreev, V. Bryusov, V. G. Korolenko, A. Blok, K. Balmont, Vyach. Ivanov, I. Annensky, I. Bunin, A. Bely, N. Berdyaev, V. Mayakovsky, A. Kruchonych, V. Khlebnikov, A. Akhmatova, N. Gumilyov, O. Mandelshtam, Z. Gippius, M. Sholokhov, M. Bulgakov, B. Pasternak, V. Sorokin, Venedikt Erofeev, T. Tolstaya, S. Sokolov, and others.
    recommended literature
  • 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
    not specified
  • Jehlička, M.: Ruská literatura 19. století (od konce 18. století do začátku 20. století). Praha 1993.
  • KŠICOVÁ, Danuše. Od moderny k avantgardě : rusko-české paralely. Vyd. 1. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2007, 467 s. ISBN 9788021042711. URL info
  • HRALA, Milan. Ruská moderní literatura 1890-2000. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 2007, 767 s. ISBN 9788024612010. info
  • POSPÍŠIL, Ivo. Ruský román znovu navštívený (The Russian Novel Revisited). 1st ed. Brno: Nadace Universitas, Akademické nakladatelství CERM, Nakladatelství a vydavatelství NAUMA, 2005, 209 pp. Edice Scientia. ISBN 80-7204-423-0. 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
Teaching methods
The lecture is based on the outline and interpretation of Russian literary development applying illustrative examples and textual and intertextual comparative analysis with Czech and world literature.
Assessment methods
The course has a form of a lecture with discussion, oral exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: Součástí zkoušky (resp. zápočtu či kolokvia) je kontrola povinné četby.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024, Spring 2025.
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