L-LIN/21 - 9 CFU - Annual Tuition

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Learning Objectives

The course provides an overview of linguistic and cultural history of Russia in the 20th century. Students will learn to recognise and correctly collocate characters, events, phenomena and texts of different nature (anthological, film, literary etc), on which they will be encouraged to reflect independently.

Course Structure

The course is divided into several blocks corresponding to the different periods of the century in question. Each block includes introductory lectures on the correspondent historical and cultural context and the analysis of some characteristic texts. These texts will also be studied in the original language and discussed in the classroom with a broad participation of the students, who are invited to read and/or view the texts before the lessons dedicated to them (it is therefore advisable to subscribe to the teaching page on STUDIUM, in order to be updated and prepared). Students will also carry out an individual work with the visual material indicated in the programme (films and tv shows).

Detailed Course Content

Linguistic, Cultural and Literary history of 20th century Russia:

Block 1: from the Revolution to the end of the 1920s

- Literature and Revolution; the NEP era; 20s-30s;

- Е. Замятин, Мы.

Block 2: 1929 to 1953

- Stalinism;

- М. Булгаков, Мастер и Маргарита;

- Цирк, Светлый путь, Новая Москва

(watching movies and tv shows inspired by Bulgakov's novel is optional).

Block 3: 1953 to 1964 (1968)

- The ‘Thaw’;

- А. Солженицын, Один день Ивана Денисовича;

- Samizdat: poetry, music, prose;

- Стиляги, Оттепель, Застава Ильича
(watching the tv show Tainstvennaja strast’ is optional).

Block 4: 1964 to 1982

- The ‘Dissent’

- Вен. Ерофеев, Вальпургиева ночь;

- А. и Б. Стругацкие, Пикник на обочине;

- Сталкер.

Block 5: 1982 to the present day

- Postmodernism;

- В. Пелевин, Омон Ра;

- В. Сорокин, Эрос Москвы;

- Москва, Ночной дозор, Дневной дозор.

Textbook Information

Critical and reference reading

Ю.С. Рябцев и С.И. Козленко, История русской культуры ХХ века (учебник и рабочая тетрадь), Москва, ВЛАДОС, 2003, pp. 75-157, 201-264;

G.P. Piretto, Quando c’era l’URSS, Milano, Cortina editore, 2018; pp. 1-605 o, in alternativa, G.P. Piretto, Il radioso avvenire, Torino, Einaudi, 2001, pp. 3-332;

C. Olivieri, Mosca (ieri e) oggi: Sorokin e dintorni, in “Europa Orientalis”, 2006, XXV, pp. 205-236 dispensa a disposizione sulla piattaforma STUDIUM);

G. Manganelli, Leggere i russi (dispensa a disposizione sulla piattaforma STUDIUM);

P. Nori, I russi sono matti (dispensa a disposizione sulla piattaforma STUDIUM).

Literary and anthological texts

Е. Замятин, Мы, (E. Zamjatin, Noi, Milano, Mondadori, 2018);

М. Булгаков, Мастер и Маргарита, (M. Bulgakov, Il Maestro e Margherita, Milano, Mondadori, 2016);

А. Солженицын, Один день Ивана Денисовича, (A. Solženicyn, Una giornata di Ivan Denissovič, Torino, Einaudi, 2019);

*Вен. Ерофеев, Вальпургиева ночь, (Ven. Erofeev, La notte di Valpurga, in V.V. Erofeev, Moskva-Petuški, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2004, pp. 211-312);

*А. и Б. Стругацкие, Пикник на обочине, (A. e B. Strugackie, Picnic sul ciglio della strada, Milano, Marcos y Marcos, 2003);

*В. Пелевин, Омон Ра, (V. Pelevin, Omon Ra, Milano, Mondandori, 1999);

В. Сорокин, Эрос Москвы,

NB on additional teaching materials

Slides, texts, videos, audio, songs, films, exercises, supplementary readings on Russian language and culture of the 20th century will be provided on STUDIUM during the lessons.

NB on literary and anthological texts

The links to the texts in the original language refer to their open access written versions; the links to the audio versions (audiokniga) will be indicated throughout the course.

With the exception of Sorokin's text, the texts are also available in the Italian translation shown in brackets; for the texts marked with an asterisk, the translation is the only one; for the other, the student may also opt for an edition of his choice.

All the texts in the programme are available in the library and/or at the teacher's room, or will be made accessible on the STUDIUM platform.docente

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