POLSH 420 A: Modern Polish Literature In English

East Central Europe and Nationalism

Meeting Time: 
TTh 9:30am - 11:20am
Location: 
SMI 407
SLN: 
17826
Instructor: 
Adam Kozuchowski

The nations of East-Central Europe have attracted the attention of scholars since the 19th century, when the multi-national composition of the empires of Russia and Austria-Hungary became a problem. World wars and the creation and the dissolution of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia only heightened this attention. Many authors claimed that Eastern European nationalism differed from that of the West. During the course we will analyze some of these theories and contrast them with the opinions of some of the ‘founding fathers’ of the East-European national idea from the 19th century. We will discuss the views of the proponents of the national idea, its opponents, and its victims in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Hungary and the Czech lands, from Romanticism up to World War II and Communism.

Catalog Description: 
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.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 3:36pm