Spring 2011 not offered
This course presents a survey of 20th-century prose fiction of Eastern and Central Europe, with an emphasis on the Czech novel. Some of the questions we will explore are the impact of World War II and its displacement and devastation on Eastern and Central European literature; the relation of Eastern and Central European writers to Communism and Soviet domination; the idea of Central Europe as a shaping force in literary identity; and the relation of Eastern and Central European literature to the Western and Russian literary traditions, especially the avant-garde.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will write papers in which they work on modes of interpreting literature. Understanding the readings will require learning the history and politics of Eastern and Central Europe from the late 19thC. through the 20thC.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)
Joseph Roth, THE RADETZKY MARCH
Jaroslav Hasek, GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK
Ismail Kadare, THE PALACE OF DREAMS
Sholem Aleichem, TEVYE THE DAIRYMAN
Bohumil Hrabal, CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS; I SERVED THE KING OF ENGLAND
Tadeusz Borowski, "This Way to the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen"
Milan Kundera, THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
Witold Gombrowicz, TRANS-ATLANTYK
Dubravka Ugresic, STEFFLE SPECK IN THE JAWS OF LIFE; LIFE IS A FAIRY TALE
Aleksandar Hemon, THE QUESTION OF BRUNO
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three papers (5-7 pp.) Frequent short papers. Oral presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Conducted in English. Attendance and participation are required.
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