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RU4152   Vladimir Nabokov

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module focuses on the work of the Russian-American author, autobiographer, translator, and literary critic Vladimir Nabokov. It explores Nabokov's work in each of these interlocking spheres of activity, and in both of the languages and traditions associated with his hyphenated nationality. The module highlights themes that recur throughout Nabokov's oeuvre, including the relationship between art and life, the existence of an otherworld, and a passionate antipathy toward the grand narratives of Marx and Freud. It introduces students to one of the central literary figures of the twentieth century and helps them position him in relation both to Russian literature and to broader trends in world literature - namely, modernism and postmodernism.

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: 1.5-hour seminars and 1 surgery hour

Scheduled learning hours: 27

Guided independent study hours: 112

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr M Vaysman
Module teaching staff: Dr B Dralyuk