UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SERS0051 Russian Literature from the Death of Stalin to the Present: Dissent and Discovery

UCL Credits: 15

Total Learning Hours: 188

ECTS: 7.5

Level: Advanced

Course Unit: 0.5

Full Year

Module Coordinator: Dr Seth Graham

Taught By: Dr Seth Graham

To find out more about this module, please contact the Module Coordinator.

Weekly Contact Hours: 1.0 (1 hour lecture per week)
Prerequisites: Russian language at advanced level
Compulsory Module for:

Summative Assessment

Coursework Essay 2000 words (25%)

3 Hour Examination (75%)

Formative Assessment

To be confirmed

Module Outline

This course analyses developments in Russian literature after Stalinism, covering major literary texts and events in Russian cultural history from 1953 to the present, with a brief look at the period immediately preceding the post-Stalin era. Each week is devoted to a particular text or author, but certain themes recur throughout the course, including: emigration and exile; the boundaries between published and unpublished literature; experimentations in literary form; the effects of ideological and political change on literary production; and writers’ involvement in (or withdrawal from) politics.

Indicative Texts

Students are encouraged to read one of the following general surveys in preparation for the course as a whole:

  • D. Brown, Russian Literature since Stalin (Cambridge, 1978)
  • D. Lowe, Russian Writing since 1953. A Critical Survey (New York, 1988)

Relevant survey material in N. Cornwell, The Routledge Companion to Russian Literature (London, 2001)



Course Code



Full Year AffiliatesRegister for SERS4027As Above 7.5
Affiliates here for Term 1 onlyRegister for SERS4027ACoursework (100%) 3.75
Affiliates here for Terms 2 and 3 onlyRegister for SERS4027BCoursework (100%) 3.75

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.