Analyse 19th century Russian literature from political, intellectual and cultural perspectives. Spy the connections between these works and the times in which they were published.Get lost in the written worlds of Tolstoy, Turgenev and Dostoevsky.
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The principal aim of this subject is to introduce you to some of the major Russian novels of the 19th century and the political, intellectual and cultural contexts in which those novels were produced. In doing this, the subject has two secondary aims. The first is to enable you to learn something about one of the great non-Western European world cultures, a culture that in the 19th century was deeply divided over its relations with the West. The second is to provide an opportunity for you to engage closely with some of the most profound attempts in fiction to grapple with the fundamental questions about our relation to the conditions of our existence as human individuals and social beings.