612015 Seminar in Literary Studies: Literature of the Russian Revolution

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612015
Seminar in Literary Studies: Literature of the Russian Revolution
SE 2
5
weekly
annually
German

Insight into the influence that Russian Revolution had on Russian literature with regards to content and form.

In this seminar we will discuss lyrics and prose that depict the events of the Russian Revolutions from 1905 until 1917 (as for example in Andrey Bely’s novel Petersburg) or show them in a revolution of the art of literature itself: in a new language, in new topics and techniques. (like Vladimir Mayakovsky does in his rhythms or Aleksey Gastev in his „mechanical“ poems) Likewise, students will learn, that authors had different opions about the political and social turnaround. Anna Akhmatova’s poems are reminiscent of former peaceful times, while Sergey Tretyakov enthusically practices factographic writing; Isaac Babel tries to describe the military actions of the Red Cavalry in a laconic, neutral way, whereas Andrey Platonov, in his novel Kotlovan, seems to put the happy future of communist society already into question.

input from lecturer, presentations by students, discussion

regular participation, willingness to take part in discussions, oral presentation, writing a term paper and perhaps also a bachelor’s thesis

Bürger, Peter: Theorie der Avantgarde. Frankfurt a. M. 1974.

Bowlt, John E. (Hg.): Laboratory of Dreams. The Russian Avant-Garde and Cultural Experiment. Stanford 1996.

Erlich, Viktor: Modernism and Revolution. Russian Literature in Transition. Cambridge (Mass.) 1994.

Gorsen, Peter, Knödler-Bunte, Eberhard: Proletkult. Stuttgart 1974–75.

Groys, Boris (Hg.): Am Nullpunkt. Positionen der russischen Avantgarde. Frankfurt a. M. 2005.

Mierau, Fritz (Hg.). Die Erweckung des Wortes. Essays der russischen Formalen Schule. Leipzig 1987.

Trockij, Lev: Literatur und Revolution. Berlin 1968.

1. BA-students: successful completion of compulsory module 11

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

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. 

05.10.2017
Group 0
Date Time Location
Thu 2017-10-05
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2017-10-12
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2017-10-19
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2017-11-09
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2017-11-16
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2017-11-23
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2017-11-30
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Fri 2017-12-01
09.00 - 14.00 40130 40130 Barrier-free Workshop zur Russischen Revolution
Thu 2017-12-07
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2017-12-14
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2018-01-11
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2018-01-18
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2018-01-25
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2018-02-01
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free