612014 Proseminar in Literary Studies: Russian Romanticism

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612014
Proseminar in Literary Studies: Russian Romanticism
PS 2
2,5
weekly
annually
German

The students have acquired a thorough knowledge of the intellectual and philosophical ideas as well as the aesthetic and literary prinicples central to Russian Romanticism; they are familiar with major authors and texts of the epoch. Further, they are proficient in major analytical approaches and methods of interpretation of literary texts.

This course focuses on Russian Romanticism, an epoch of profound shifts in literary as well as in overall intellectual and philosophical paradigms. Of special interest will be for us the Romantic fascination with the 'Other', the 'Unknown', and the 'Forgein' - be it the little known, exotic and exotisized regions such as the Caucasus or the North (we will read closely several literary appropriations of these and other regions written, in particular, by Aleksandr Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, and Evgenii Baratynskiy), the supernatural, uncanny, and demonic (here specifically in texts by Lermontov and Vladimir Odoevskij) or Russian past/history, e.g. the Middle Ages (Pushkin, Nikolai Karamzin and others). Furthemore, the 'discovery' of the people (narod) and its 'unspoiled' language (i.e. free of forgein influences) by Russian poets of the period will play a prominent role in our discussion, last but not least because of the influence the engagement with folk culture had on their own texts. Finally, we will look at the long and fierce controversies over the nature of a modern Russian literary/poetic language between different literary groups.

The course pursues a twofold aim. The first is to acquaint ourselves with a broad range of canonical texts (belonging to different genres such as poetry, drama, and prose), texts indispensable for the understanding of Russian literature both of the particualr period and that of later times, of Russia’s literary and intellectual history in general. The second aim is deepen and extend the knowledge of analytical approaches to literature, of different methods of interpretation.


 In order to analyze this wide scope of very different texts, we will employ a range of methodical approaches, beginning with those developed by the Formal and Structural schools up to more recent  theories (e.g. Cultural and Postcolonial Studies).

Term paper

Lotman, Jurij: Besedy o russkoj kul'ture. Byt i tradicii russkogo dvorjanstva XVIII-načalo XIX vekov. Sankt-Peterburg, 1994 (dt. Übersetzung: Rußlands Adel. Eine Kulturgeschichte von Peter I. bis Nikolaus I. Köln, 1997)

------  Izbrannye stat'i : v trekh tomach. 2. 2. Stat'i po istorii russkoi literatury XVIII - pervoi poloviny XIX veka. Tallin, 1992.

Peters, Jochen-Ulrich, Schmid, Ulrich (Hg.): Imperium und Intelligencija. Fallstudien zur russischen Kultur im frühen 19. Jahrhundert. Zürich, 2004.

Vacuro, Vadim: Puškinskaja pora. Sankt-Peterburg, 2000.

Zorin, Andrej: Kormja dvuchglavogo orla...Literatura i gosudarstvennaja ideologija v Rossii v poslednej treti XVIII-pervoj treti XIX veka. Moskva, 2004. (engl. Übersetzung: By Fables Alone. Literature and State Ideology in Late-Eighteenth - Early Nineteenth Century Russia. Brighton, MA., 2014)

Burdorf, Dieter: Einführung in die Gedichtanalyse. Stuttgart, 2015

Pfister, Manfred: Das Drama. Theorie und Analyse. München, 2001

LA-students (Curriculum 2015): successful completion of compulsory module 6

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. 

04.10.2017
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Wed 2017-10-04
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Wed 2017-12-06
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Wed 2017-12-13
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Wed 2018-01-10
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Wed 2018-01-17
08.30 - 10.00 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Wed 2018-01-24
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Wed 2018-01-31
08.30 - 10.00 40406 40406 Barrier-free