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RU4142 The Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

The fantastic is a genre which interrogates the boundaries between the natural and the supernatural in order to provoke interpretative ambiguity. Developing out of the romantic tradition and alongside the rise of the realist novel, the fantastic enjoyed considerable popularity in Russia and was practised by many of its most notable writers. This module builds on the knowledge of nineteenth-century literature acquired at sub-honours level as students read examples of the fantastic by such writers as Pogorel'skii, Pushkin, Zagoskin, Gogol', Odoevskii, Lermontov, Turgenev, Dostoevskii, Garshin and Chekhov. Analysis of the chosen texts will make reference to theories of the fantastic proposed since c.1950 as well as to narrative theory.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Russian

UG Pre-requisite(s):Pass at 11 or better in RU2002, RU2004, RU2006, RU2106, RU2107, or RU2109.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 seminars and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 33
  • Guided independent study: 117

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100% (2 essays)
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr C E Whitehead
Module teaching staff:Dr C E Whitehead