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RU4144   Russian Crime Fiction

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

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.

Russian crime fiction is a hugely popular genre with the contemporary reading public and yet one which remains relatively critically neglected. This module provides students with the opportunity to study the history of the practice of crime fiction in Russia from c.1860 up to the present day. Students will consider the specific socio-historical context of the birth of the genre in the reform period of the early 1860s, as well as issues of 'high' and 'low' aesthetic genres, before moving on to read a broad range of such works. Discussion throughout will focus on both the literary poetics of the works as well as their relationship to historical situation and debate. Authors to be studied include: Sokolovskii, Panov, Dostoevskii, Shkliarevskii, Chekhov, Sokolova, Shaginian and Akunin.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 seminars and 1 surgery hour.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Practical Oral Examination = 30%, Coursework = 70%

Re-assessment: Practical Oral Examination = 30%, Coursework = 70%


Module coordinator: Dr C E Whitehead