SLAVIC 320 A: The Other Europe: Post-World War II East European Fiction

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
MLR 316
SLN: 
20005
Joint Sections: 
C LIT 320 A
Instructor:
Gordana Crnković

Syllabus Description:

 

 

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THE OTHER EUROPE:

POST-WORLD WAR II EAST EUROPEAN FICTION

 

Prof. Gordana Crnković

Winter 2018, SLAV 320 A 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:

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

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

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

Milan Kundera, UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING (France, Czechoslovakia, 1984)

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: 
Introduces post-WWII Eastern European fiction created during and after the communist era, both in Eastern European countries and in exile. Includes works by Polish, Czech, Yugoslav, post-Yugoslav, Hungarian, and Baltic writers. Taught in English.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
February 27, 2018 - 9:17pm