612012 Selected Periods of Russian Literature: The 18th century

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612012
Selected Periods of Russian Literature: The 18th century
VO 2
5
weekly
annually
German

Students are familiar with central historical, cultural, and literary processes of the 18th century in Russia; they are familiar with main literary styles of the epoch, literary genres, authors, and texts. Furthermore, they have acquired knowledge about processes that took place in arts other than literature, namely architecture, music, and visual arts.

This lecture introduces literary styles that shaped Russian literature in the 18th century (baroque, classicism, sentimentalism) and discusses the specifically Russian characteristics of those aesthetics and literary genres (such as the ode, epic, satire, tragedy, comedy et al) that were imported from Western Europe under Tsar Peter the Great (and even in the late 17th century). The lecture will, for one thing, focus on the poetological and linguistic concepts that were introduced by Vasilii Trediakovskiy, Mikhail Lomonosov, and others in order to create both a new Russian literature and a new Russian language suitable for this purpose. At the same time, special attention will be paid to the Russian reception of contemporary French and German philosophy, mailny Voltaire and Kant, to the question how their ideas of Enlightement, reason etc. were mirrored in the works of Fonvizin, Novikov, Radishchev. We will read comedies, travelogues, essays as well as other texts to see how these and other writers discussed questions and problems of education, serfdom, and absolute rule. Finally, we will also look at historical concepts inscribed in these works to see how these authors imagined both Russia's past (i.e. the period bfore Peter the Great ) and its future. In order to gain a better and deeper understanding of this epoch we will eventually look into other arts, too (architecture, music, painting, sculpture).

 The lecture employs a broad range of methodical approaches focusing mainly on literary and cultural history. Furthermore, it will demonstrate how the Formal and Structural schools applied their respective methods to analyze individual texts and the development of literary genres. More recent  theories (e.g. Cultural, Gender, and Postcolonial Studies) will help to understand the role of women writers in the Russian 18th century, the emerging discussion of Russia's role as an Empire, etc.

Written examination

Klein, Joachim: Russische Literatur im 18. Jahrhundert, Köln, 2008.

Lotman, Ju. M.: Literatura v kontekste russkoj kultury XVIII veka. In: O russkoj literature, Sankt-Peterburg, 1997, S. 118–167.

Živov, Viktor M: Jazyk i kultura v Rossii XVIII veka, Moskva, 1996. (Engl. Übersetzung: Zhivov, Viktor M.: Language and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Russia, Boston, 2009.

Baehr, Stephen L.: The Paradise Myth in Eighteenth-Century Russia: Utopian Patterns in Early Secular Russian Literature and Culture, Stanford, Calif., 1991.

Proskurina, Vera: Mify imperii, Moskva, 2006. (Eng. Übersetzung: Creating the Empress: Politics and Poetry in the Age of Catherine II., Boston [u.a.], 2011.

not applicable

Due to substantial differences in the allocation of ECTS-Credits in various curricula (teacher training programs/specialized degree programs), the requirements for this course vary. Information will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the course.

08.03.2017
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Wed 2017-03-08
08.30 - 10.00 40406 40406 Barrier-free
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Wed 2017-06-21
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Wed 2017-11-15
17.15 - 18.45 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free