Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to major Russian novels of the 19th century
    • Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
    • Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
    • Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
    • Tolstoy, War and Peace
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. critically analyse and appreciate complex fictional works
  2. understand and think through a range of ethical and existential questions
  3. grasp the relations between literary works and the cultures in which they were produced
  4. put into practice advanced research skills relevant to the study of literature
  5. write and orally communicate effectively
  6. speak with some authority about the Russian novelists of the 19th Century.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay 3 (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • GRF-HUM7402

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

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