Representative prose works by leading twentieth-century Polish writers. Polish literature's critique of modern European civilization. The relation of historical memory, collective victimization, and the utopian imagination in Polish literature to political power and national survival.
The last two decades after the fall of Communism brought about significant changes in all areas of life in Poland. The course focuses on a number of them, namely, ”thick line,” life under capitalism, the role of religion in society, art, nationalism, and the rediscovery of the dark pages of 20th century history. The source materials include fiction and documentary film, photography, and art.