19th Century French and Russian Literature

Course Dates: 05/05/22 - 30/06/22
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Keeley Street
This class explores classic texts of 19th century French and Russian literature, discussing literary style, themes, and contexts as a way of developing and sharing responses to celebrated European writing. From history and memory to madness and death, the class tackles some of the finest works ever written. Among the French writers examined will be Balzac, Flaubert, and Baudelaire, with our Russians including Gogol, Tolstoy and Chekhov.
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Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00

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Course Code: HLT11

Full Thu, day, 05 May - 30 Jun '22

Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This literature course offers a rich encounter with seminal shorter works of 19th century French and Russian literature. It treats classic texts in detail and allows students to study a range of political, cultural, and literary contexts and their role in shaping the work of various writers from the canon of 19th century European literature.

What will we cover?

Focusing on works by major authors, the course will cover several interrelated topics in the context of 19th century French and Russian literary culture to investigate their role in shaping the contours of European literature. Among the writers examined will be Stendhal, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Gogol, Tolstoy, and Chekhov.

Balzac, La Peau de Chagrin
Gustave Flaubert, A Simple Heart
Charles Baudelaire, Selected Poems
Arthur Rimbaud, Selected Poems
Nikolai Gogol, The Overcoat
Leo Tolstoy, Master and Man
Anton Chekhov, Selected Stories

Links to electronic copies of the texts will be provided by the tutor. All texts are also available in paperback through established publishers such as Penguin, Oxford and Norton.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Students will develop their general literary, historical, and critical knowledge of European writing and culture through varied reading on 19th century French and Russian literature.

• Students will develop understanding of key individual 19th century French and Russian texts and authors in detail, and the relationship between the two cultures, acquiring a knowledge of specific literary, historical, philosophical, and political contexts for nineteenth century French and Russian literature.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge or experience of literature is necessary. However, learners will, ideally, need the following
skills and attributes:
- An enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups.
- A willingness and ability to do some reading and preparation outside the class. You will be expected to read the selected texts for each session.
- An interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The class will be held in 2-hour sessions over 8 weeks. The first 30 minutes will be an interactive lecture on the text, writer, themes and contexts. The remaining time will be a round table and small group discussion of the texts in detail.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Links to electronic copies of the texts will be provided by the tutor.
All texts are also available in paperback through established publishers such as Penguin, Oxford and Norton.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

See other Literature courses at www.citylit.ac.uk/courses under History, Culture and Writing/literature/fiction.

Richard Niland

Richard Niland has published widely on Joseph Conrad and a range of other 19th and 20th century writers. He taught for many years at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and is interested in the various intersections of literature, culture, politics, music and film in different global contexts.

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