RJA307 Modern and Postmodern Russian Literature II

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Josef Šaur, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Josef Šaur, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jiří Gazda, CSc.
Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: doc. PhDr. Jiří Gazda, CSc.
Supplier department: Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Mon 9:10–10:45 B2.21
Prerequisites (in Czech)
RJA304 Modern and Postmodern Russian Literature 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
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Course objectives
The course exploring the history of the 20th-century Russian literature is based on a new conception of interpretation of the development of Russian literature, with respect to the intellectual, cultural and socio-political changes that have taken place in Russia. It concentrates on three sections of literature: the best pieces of the officially published literature, Underground Literature and Emigration Literature. The emphasis is laid on the phenomenon of post-modernism and the post-modern poetics as well as the analysis of both the ideological and morphological aspects of the language of fiction.
  • 1. The evolution and literary streams or movements of the 20th-century Russian literature that reflects the phenomenon of reassessment of cultural values in connection with the political changes in the late 20th century. The ideological and aesthetic intentions of the Russian literary process in the 20th century.
  • 2. The range of styles in the 1920’s and 1930’s Russian poetry - e.g. Majakovskiy, Yesenin, Boris Pasternak and Akhmatova
  • 3. The styles and genre modifications of the 1920’s and 1930’s Russian prose: neo-realism – e.g. Zamyatin, analytical realism – e.g. Sholokhov, metaphorical realism – e.g. Bulgakov, Ilf-Petrov and Platonov, and romanticism – e.g. Grin and Prishvin.
  • 4. The literature of the period of The Great Patriotic War - the genres, ideological content and the leading figures.
  • 5. The fundamental streams or movements in the poetry of the second half of the 20th century – e.g. Yevtushenko, Okudžava, Vysockij, Sosnora, etc.
  • 6. The evolution of the 20th-century novel – e.g. Zamyatin, Sholokhov, Bulgakov, Pasternak, Solzhenicyn and Ajtmatov.
  • 7. The dynamics and development of small epic forms in the Russian literature of the 20th century – e.g. Sholokhov, Zoshchenko, Platonov, Rasputin, Shukchin and Nagibin.
  • 8. The problems of the 20th-century Russian satire, the forms and genres – e.g. Majakovskiy, Erenburg, Zoshchenko, Platonov, Bulgakov and Shukshin.
  • 9. The new forms and artistic means in the Russian drama – e.g. Mayakovskiy, Bulgakov, Shvarz, Vampilov, Gorin and Petrushevskaya.
  • 10. The epic and psychological stream in the Russian early post-war literature – e.g- Sholokhov, Nyekrasov, Bondarev, Vasiljev and Astafyev.
  • 11. The so called 1970’s “country prose”, its ideological content and psychological artistry – e.g. Shukshin, Rasputin, etc.
  • 12. Literature of Russian Emigration in the 20th century – the leading figures and artefacts.
  • 13. The Apocalyptical motives in the 1980’s Russian literature – e.g. Rasputin, Astafyev, Byelov etc.
  • Epštejn, M.: Posle buduščego.Paradoksy postmodernizma v sovremennoj russkoj kulture. Massachusetts 1996.
  • Kričevskaja, Ju. R.: Modernizm v russkoj literature: epocha serediny veka. Moskva 1994.
  • Nefagina, G. L.: Russkaja proza vtoroj poloviny 80-ch-načala 90-ch godov XX veka Minsk 1998.
  • Nefagina, G. L.: Dinamika stilevych tečenij v russkoj proze 1980-90-ch godov. Minsk 1998.
  • Kazak V. (Kasack, W.): Enciklopedičeskij slovar russkoj literatury s 1917 goda. London 1988.
  • Skoropanova, I. S.: Russkaja postmodernistskaja literatura. Učebnoje posobije. Moskva 1999.
  • L.P.Kremencov: Russkaja literatura XX veka, t.1,2. Moskva 2003.
  • Šapir, M.: Čto takoje avangard. Russkaja alternativnaja poetika. Moskva 1990.
  • Kol.aut.:Slovník ruských, ukrajinských a běloruských spisovatelů. Libri 2001.
  • BINOVÁ, Galina Pavlovna. Panoráma ruské literatury. 1. vyd. Boskovice: Albert, 1995. 413 s. ISBN 80-85834-04-9. info
  • DOBRENKO, Jevgenij. Metafora vlasti : literatura stalinskoj epochi v istoričeskom osveščenii. München: Otto Sagner, 1993. 405 s. ISBN 3876905567. info
  • Antologia wolnej literatury rosyjskiej. Edited by Andrzej Drawicz. Warszawa: Slawistyczny Ośrodek Wydawniczy przy Instytucie Slawistyki PAN, 1992. 314 s. ISBN 83-85262-24-5. info
  • Literatura rosyjska XX wieku :nowe czasy, nowe problemy. Edited by Grażyna Bobilewicz-Bryś - Andrzej Drawicz. Warszawa: Slawistyczny Ośrodek Wydawniczy przy Instytucie Slawistyki PAN, 1992. 171 s. ISBN 83-85262-21-0. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, tutorials, reading of papers, comprehensive analysis of text, co-reports, discussion, check up of compulsory reading, comparison of original and translation.
Assessment methods
Written and oral exam, check up of compulsory reading, hand over of paper.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
General note: Součástí zkoušky je kontrola povinné četby.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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