Russian Literature

Literature – the key to culture.

Programme specification

General information

The aim of this doctoral degree study programme is to prepare highly qualified experts in the field of the theory and history of Russian literature who will be capable of independent and creative research work and who will find employment in specialized university workplaces or in one of the research institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences which focus on scientific research or educational work in the field of Slavonic philology and which specialize particularly in Russian literature.

The framework for the content of the studies is the scholarly research orientation of the place of study, which focuses on the comparative study of literary genres and currents in Slavonic and Western literature. This orientation is based on the methodological legacy of Alexander Veselovsky, Roman Jakobson, and others. It was initiated by Frank Wollman, a significant figure of Slavonic studies in the 1930s. The research group of the place of study focuses on investigating the genesis, evolution, and transformation of literary forms, genres, and artistic systems in Slavonic literatures in correlation with analogous systems in Western literatures. The research is based on comparative genetic-structural, historical-typological, anthropological, culturological, hermeneutic, and area approaches to the metamorphoses of artefacts and artistic processes, from classical antiquity to the 21st century. The research aims at creating comparative morphological poetics of the genre forms of plays, novels, short stories, novellas, narrative poetry, fairy tales, and others, as well as creating the methodology of humanities in their connection to other fields of science. Directly in the sphere of Russian literature, the research concentrates on the specifics of the development of Russian literature – classical, modern, and postmodern; on the novel, poetry, and minor genres; as well as the specifics of the development of anthropological-culturological and area research. The basic form of this doctoral degree study programme is an individual and systematic preparation for creative and expert work in the studied field under the individual supervision of an accredited supervisor.

A successful graduate is able to

  • work independently in scientific research in the fields of literary theoretical Russian studies and Slavonic studies
  • produce educational work in teaching Russian literature and Russian and Slavonic literary theory at universities
  • work independently in creating study texts and teaching aids for teaching Russian literature

Additional information

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Graduate destination

Graduates of the doctoral degree study programme in Russian literature have obtained a very good knowledge of the history of Russian literature, also in a comparative European and world context. They have a deep knowledge of the subject of their specialization and of two world languages. Graduates are able to creatively form their opinions on subjects connected to their field of study and to other related fields. They are able to present their research findings in academic journals and in other types of publications. Graduates will find employment in all positions, especially in the humanities, for which philological and literary theoretical education is necessary: in all types of schools (primarily universities), in scientific institutions, in literary and art criticism, in translation, and in the media.

Admission Requirements

Unfortunately no information about admission requirements is available.

Study field data

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study Doctoral
Mode full-time Yes
combined Yes
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction Czech

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