Eastern European writers have created a wealth of profound and dazzling literary works in the post-World War II period. This course serves as a basic introduction to Eastern European fiction created during and after the communist era, both in the Eastern European countries themselves and in exile, and gives basic intellectual, cultural and historical background. The course also opens the questions about the literary, intellectual, and cultural production in non-market socialist-era societies with values and world views that were profoundly different from those in the west. Texts will include novels and stories by Polish, Czech, Yugoslav, Hungarian, and Baltic writers. All readings are in English, and no prior specialized knowledge of the area or its literature is required.
Examination of the development of European literature in a variety of genres and periods. Possible areas of study include literature from romantic fiction of early nineteenth century through great realist classics of second half of the century or from symbolism to expressionism and existentialism.