Features of the Russian life
Final Exam 3: Literature.
- What specific features of the Russian life of the period are you able to notice?
- What kind of issues seem to be important to the author?
- What literary means does the author use,
- What can be said about the style and the place this work occupies in the literary process?
- Please be historically sensitive, look at the dates and think of what was going on in Russia at the moment of writing.One way to write is to concentrate on one big novel, one writer, one time period, or one genre. Or you can use a number of smaller works and discuss different writers, genres, and periods in the history of Russian literature.
Please also use these questions below
- What was the intention standing behind the creation of these works of art?
- What kind of issues did the authors want to draw attention to?
- What kind of images or broader picture did the authors seek to produce and what kind of expressive means did they use to achieve this goal?
- What kind of reaction was expected on the part of implied audience?
- Does this genre have any unique tasks, opportunities and specifics as related to other genres of Russian arts and to corresponding genre in other cultures you are familiar with?
6) What kind of cultural stereotypes portrayed and what kind of expressive means used by the authors did strike you, grab your attention or make you see Russian and your own cultures in a different way?
7) How do the issues analyzed relate to our class readings and discussions?
These are the links that you have to open and follow in order: Also the tutor should read either several short stories, or one novel, or a few collections of poem
Alexander Pushkin. The Daughter of the Commandant.
Alexander Pushkin. The Queen of Spades.
Alexander Pushkin. The Shot.
Nikolai Gogol. The Overcoat.
Nikolai Gogol. St. John’s Eve.
Nikolai Gogol. The Mysterious Portrait.
Nikolai Gogol. Taras Bulba.
Ivan Turgenev. First Love.
Ivan Turgenev. Mumu.
Leo Tolstoy. The Kreutzer Sonata.
Leo Tolstoy. A Prisoner in the Caucasus.
Leo Tolstoy. After the Dance.
Leo Tolstoy. The Death of Ivan Ilych.
Fyodor Dostoevsky. A Gentle Spirit.
Fyodor Dostoevsky. Poor Folk.
Anton Chekhov. The Cherry Orchard.
Maxim Gorky. The Birth of a Man.
A good selection of Russian and Soviet books:
Go to Books – English and then scroll down to English Translation of Russian Classics
For Soviet period see:
Mikhail Bulgakov. The Heart of a Dog.
Mikhail Bulgakov. Diaboliad.
+ SOVIET LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN:
Arkady Gaidar. Chuck and Geck.
Arkady Gaidar. Timur and His Squad.
Nikolai Nosov. Schoolboys.
Nikolai Nosov. Kolya Sinitsin’s Diary.
Nikolai Nosov. Jolly Family.
Valentin Kaverin. Two Captains.
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