19th Century French and Russian Literature

Course Dates: 01/10/21 - 26/11/21
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Online
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This online literature course explores classic shorter 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 travel to memory and madness, the class tackles some of the finest works ever written. Among the French writers examined will be Balzac, de Nerval and Flaubert, with our Russians including Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Chekhov.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00

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Course Code: HLT179

Full Fri, day, 01 Oct - 26 Nov '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online 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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Focusing on shorter 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 Balzac, de Nerval, Flaubert, Turgenev, Dostoevsky,Tolstoy and Chekhov.

Honore de Balzac, Colonel Chabert
Gerard de Nerval, Sylvie
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich
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...

• Develop your general literary, historical, and critical knowledge of European writing and culture through varied reading on 19th century French and Russian literature.

• Develop your 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 two-hour sessions over eight weeks. The first 30 minutes will be an interactive lecture on the text, writer, themes and contexts. The second half 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?

No other costs. Just have to hand a copy of the relevant text for discussion each week. 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.

Honore de Balzac, Colonel Chabert
Gerard de Nerval, Sylvie
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Anton Chekhov, Selected Stories.

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

Look up other fiction courses in Literature under History, Culture and Writing/Literature at www.citylit.ac.uk.

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.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.