RSb045 Russian Literature from Romanticism to Modernism

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2025
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
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: Mgr. Josef Šaur, Ph.D.
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 also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to provide the students with a more precise idea of the development of Russian literature in its key period of the so-called Golden Age, when it becomes real world literature and its poetics inspired and determined the world literary development. The student should understand—above all on the basis of his/her own reading, text analyses and study of the key works of special literature—the developmental peculiarities of the Russian literature of the second half of the 19th century by comparing it with European and other literatures and be able to read and interpret the poetics and social context of this literature and its significance for literature in general.
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course, the student should be able to orient in the development of the Russian literature of modern period from romanticism to modernism included which means in the key period that have raised the Russian literature to the position of the universally accepted poetological power of world literature.
The student follows on his own relatively rich reading backgrounds in the Russian original and the Czech translation, can discuss the key works and analyze their thematical and morphological structure in the scientific coursework.
  • All the subjects will be dealt with at the European and world background
  • 1) The specific features of the development of Russian literature
  • 2) Aesthetic syncretism of Russian literature of the first half of the 19th century (neoclassicism. romanticism, realism), absorbing older cultural layers in European development
  • 3) Genre shifts of emphasis (poetry, prose, drama)
  • 4) “Natural school” as a source of the Golden Age of Russian literature
  • 5) Pushkin—Lermontov—Gogol with the background
  • 6) Aesthetics of revolutionary democrats and “softer” approaches
  • 7) Development of Russian poetry from neoclassicism to realism
  • 8) Development of Russian drama: from Griboedov and A. Ostrovsky to A. P. Chekhov
  • 9) Golden Age of Russian literature and the Russian novel, Russian naturalism (N. Gogol, I. Turgenev, I. Goncharov, L. Tolstoy, F. Dostoevsky, G. Uspensky and others)
  • 10) Beginnings of modernism, decadence, symbolism, expressionism, futurism, acmeism, imaginism and the Silver Age
  • 11) Russian modernist poetry, prose and drama
  • 12) The European context of Russian classical literature and the theme of Czech-Russian literary relations
    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
    not specified
  • Pospíšil, I.: Pátrání po nové identitě. Rusistické a vztahové reflexe. Brno 2008.
  • Linkov, V. J.: Istorija russkoj literatury XIX veka v idejach. Moskva 2002.
  • POSPÍŠIL, Ivo. K teorii ruské literatury a jejím souvislostem (On the Theory of Russian Literature and Its Contexts). Vyd. 1. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2013, 271 pp. Spisy Masarykovy univerzity v Brně, Filozofická fakulta ; č. 413. ISBN 978-80-210-6216-0. Digitální knihovna FF info
  • POSPÍŠIL, Ivo. Pátrání po nové identitě : (rusistické a vztahové reflexe). Vyd. 1. Brno: SVN Regiony, 2008, 273 s. ISBN 808673515X. info
  • 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
  • HONZÍK, Jiří. Dvě století ruské literatury. Edited by Milan Jungmann. Vyd. 1. Praha: Torst, 2000, 425 s. ISBN 80-7215-104-5. info
  • MASARYK, Tomáš Garrigue. Rusko a Evropa :studie o duchovních proudech v Rusku. Praha: Ústav T.G. Masaryka, 1996, 456 s. ISBN 80-901971-7-5. info
  • MASARYK, Tomáš Garrigue. Rusko a Evropa :studie o duchovních proudech v Rusku. Praha: Ústav T.G. Masaryka, 1996, 495 s. ISBN 80-901971-6-7. info
  • MASARYK, Tomáš Garrigue. Rusko a Evropa :studie o duchovních proudech v Rusku. Praha: Ústav T.G. Masaryka, 1995, 394 s. ISBN 80-901971-1-6. info
  • KŠICOVÁ, Danuše. Poéma za romantismu a novoromantismu : rusko-české paralely. Vyd. 1. V Brně: Univerzita J.E. Purkyně, 1983, 187 s. URL info
  • PAROLEK, Radegast and Jiří HONZÍK. Ruská klasická literatura : [1789-1917]. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1977, 629 s. URL info
Teaching methods
1) The genetic explication of literary history on the comparative, genre and area bases
2) The text analysis, search for the intertextuality of Russian classical literature
3) Presentation of the studentsʼ research and the following discussion and evaluation
4) Individual coursework
Assessment methods
The teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars, oral exam.
Examination requirements: 70% attendance during lectures, 90% attendance during seminars, written coursework, presenting of its summary on seminar if possible.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
General note: Součástí zkoušky (resp. zápočtu či kolokvia) je kontrola povinné četby.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024.
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