A Russian Carnival of the Animals (MLR2023)

15 credits

Alongside the vivid human characters in Russian literature there is an array of striking animal characters, many of whom can speak for themselves. The animals you will encounter reveal some of the ways Russian culture has understood the relationship between human and non-human animals. In reading texts ranging from folktales, writing for children, and work by major writers such as Lev Tolstoi and Mikhail Bulgakov, you will explore what these texts tell us about animals as independent agents and as mirrors in which humanity finds itself reflected.

This module has no pre- or co-requisites and is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students, as well as those on interdisciplinary pathways. Primary texts will be available in both Russian and English.