The Deceptive City: The Creation of St Petersburg in Russian Literature (MLR3026)

15 credits

This module gives you the chance to explore the city of St Petersburg that was constructed by Russian authors through the nineteenth century. 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. You will be able to explore how the ‘Petersburg myth’ was created and adapted as the city evolved from a dazzling new imperial capital to a place where nothing is at it seems to be.

You do not need to be able to read Russian to take this module; texts selected for study are available in translation.