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Fall 2022 Russian GR6012 section 001
Russian Novel in the 20th Century: Theor
Russian Novel in the 20th

Call Number 13000
Day & Time
W 4:10pm-6:00pm
To be announced
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Mark Leiderman
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description The course examines  major theories of the novel influential in Russia through their application to Russian modernist and postmodernist novels. Since 19th century, the novel had established itself  as a discursive metaphor for modernity. But in Russia of the 20th-century it also became the testing ground for various concepts of radical and alternatives modernities. From this perspective,  both theories of the novel and artistic experiments in the 1920s-30, 1960s-80s, and, most recently, in the 1990s-2010s, reflect mutations and metamorphoses of modernity, which the course will investigate. Among the theories, the main emphasis will be paid to the Formalism, Bakhtin’s theories of the carnival, chronotope and the polyphonic novel, Lukacs’ version of the Marxist aesthetics, and the theories of the postmodernist novel. The main purpose of the course is not only to familiarize students with major theoretical approaches to the genre, but also to teach using these theoretical models as tools for the practical analysis of a literary text. At the end of the course, students will have to produce a paper that will investigate the theoretical aspects of one or several literary texts that were discussed in class. Not only the mastery of literary analysis through the prism of more than one theoretical model will be tested by this paper, but also the student’s ability to challenge a literary text through theory, and vice versa.
Web Site Vergil
Department Slavic Languages
Enrollment 6 students (12 max) as of 8:03AM Saturday, August 13, 2022
Subject Russian
Number GR6012
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20223RUSS6012G001

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