St Petersburg (MLR3017)

30 credits

This module gives you the chance to explore the city of St Petersburg that has been constructed by Russian authors through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This city has been used by writers as a site for narratives both fantastic and disturbing, the home of characters driven mad by ambition or their inability to distinguish dreams from reality. In the twentieth century, the city experienced the crises of revolution, civil war, Terror, and the wartime siege, all of which contributed to the shaping of the ‘Petersburg myth’ in literature. You will be able to explore how this myth was created and adapted as the city evolved from new imperial capital to provincial city with a haunting past.