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Study Russian literature this summer and travel to Sweden.

Russian Émigré Literature

July 5 to August 10, 2021

This course explores the extensive history of literature written by Russian authors living in exile from Russia and the Soviet Union. Whether for political, legal, financial or health reasons, writers often find themselves unable to remain in the country they considered home and must spend extensive periods of time in foreign areas. These texts explore the important themes of identity, belonging, nationality, and nostalgia. After a year of being at home in quarantine due to the Covid-19 virus, we’ll discuss questions about what “home” is, what it means to feel at home in a place, what makes us feel connected, and what happens when we feel more isolated than ever. Among others, we’ll read texts by Dostoevsky, Lenin, Tsvetaeva, Kovalevskaia, Kollontai, Teffi, Nabokov, and Brodsky.

Format: This course is a hybrid online/in person course. The first three weeks of the course will take place online, with regular synchronous meetings to discuss readings and daily written assignments. The last two weeks will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, where several famous Russian figures spent time in exile. We will tour important places in Swedish-Russian history and meet with local experts and émigré Russian communities. In addition, we will collaborate with our colleagues at DIS-Stockholm to coordinate guest lectures on migration, émigré literature, and exile.

Program Details


LLC 397
LLC 495
Russian Émigré Literature (1 unit)
Independent study: Author Profile (0.75 units)



Costs do not include airfare or meals and are subject to change without notice as a result of currency fluctation, enrollment, or other factors.

Dates: July 5 - August 10, 2021

July 5 - July 23: On-line component

July 24 (Saturday): Depart for Sweden

July 26 (Monday): In-country component begins

August 6 (Friday): Course ends

August 10 (Tuesday): Participants depart

What's included?

  • 1.75 units of University of Richmond credit
  • While is Sweden:
    • Accommodations: shared student housing will be in locations managed by our partner DIS. Housing is located in the city of Stockholm in walking distance of DIS campus or easily accessible with public transportation.
    • Travel insurance
    • Orientation
    • Local transportation
    • In-country program excursions

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students are eligible to apply for the Holt Summer Scholarship ($3,000). For more information on the scholarship, please contact June Wise at

  • Natalie McCauley

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Studies - Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Application Deadline

Friday, April 9, 2021


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