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RU4153 Voices of the Russian Enlightenment

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

This module is designed to build on the knowledge of Russian literature and culture acquired at sub-honours level, focussing in particular on texts from the period of the Russian Enlightenment. Students will study some of the most significant texts of eighteenth-century Russian literature (which may include Gavrila Derzhavin's poetry, Mikhailo Lomonosov's treatises, Denis Fonvizin's plays, the prose of Nikolai Karamzin and Alexander Radischev), as well as a number of historically significant non-fictional texts such as the private correspondence of Catherine the Great and her courtiers, travelogues and autobiographies. The module focusses on the culturally and historically specific patterns of the development of individual narrative voices in eighteenth-century Russia, examining the selected texts in the general context of the European Enlightenment. Independent reading and study will form a major element of the module.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Russian

UG Pre-requisite(s):RU2202 or RU2204

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1.5 seminars (x 11 weeks), 1 module surgery hour (x 11 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 17
  • Guided independent study: 132

Assessment pattern

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


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