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C LIT 320 A: Studies In European Literature

Course Flyer: 
Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
CMU 226
SLN: 
11945
Joint Sections: 
SLAVIC 320 A
Instructor:
Gordana Crnkovic

Syllabus Description:

 

 

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THE OTHER EUROPE:

POST-WORLD WAR II EAST EUROPEAN FICTION

 

Prof. Gordana Crnković

Winter 2017, SLAV 320 with C LIT 320 A

 

This course introduces students to fiction by Polish, Czech, Yugoslav, Hungarian, and Baltic writers, mostly created during Eastern Europe’s communist or socialist era.  We shall look into the stories, characters, and styles of writing that emerged from societies that were profoundly different from those in the West.  Marked by the absence of market economy and market psychology, as well as of western democracy, these societies developed their own different forms of life, thinking, and literature.  We shall particularly focus on the unusual characters that appear in this fiction—from the idealist revolutionaries of the pre-World War II era to the post-socialist era East Europeans disillusioned with the West.  The course materials also include some select poetry and three classic East European films. 

Required texts:

Danilo Kiš, A TOMB FOR BORIS DAVIDOVICH (Yugoslavia, 1976)

Tadeusz Borowski, THIS WAY FOR GAS LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (Poland, 1948)

Zofia Romanowicz, PASSAGE THROUGH THE RED SEA (Poland, 1960)

Bohumil Hrabal, TOO LOUD A SOLITUDE (Czechoslovakia, 1976)

Magda Szabó, THE DOOR (Hungary, 1987)

Tõnu Õnnepalu, BORDER STATE (Estonia, 1993)

Wisława Szymborska, POEMS NEW AND COLLECTED (Poland, 1998)

 

Image: Milena Dravić, a star of Dušan Makavejev's film WR: Mysteries of Organism (Yugoslavia-USA,1971)

Catalog Description: 
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.
Department Requirements Met: 
Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 9:13pm
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