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RU4142   The Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass RU2202 or pass RU2204

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 seminars and 1 surgery hour.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100% (2 essays)

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


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