SLAVIC 200 A: Introduction to Slavic Literature

Autumn 2022
Meeting:
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm / ART 317
SLN:
21297
Section Type:
Lecture
Joint Sections:
C LIT 251 A
Instructor:
TOPIC: WAR LITERATURE COURSE TAUGHT IN ENGLISH
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

F22 War Literature syllabus.docx Pablo Picasso's Guernica (1937)

Guernica (1937) by Pablo Picasso

 

While wars seem “never ending, still beginning,” we seldom pay attention to what wisdom, if any, can be gleaned from how they are portrayed by poets and writers. While the genre of war literature, which ranges from eyewitness accounts of combat to the depictions of civilians caught in the crossfire, has had many practitioners over the centuries, our readings will include works by David Diop (France), Bertolt Brecht (East Germany), Polina Barskova (Russia), Anna Świrszczyńska (Poland), Tarfia Faizullah (Bangladesh/USA), Yusef Komunyaaka (USA), Don Mee Choi (Korea/USA), Miljenko Jergović (Yugoslavia/Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina), and Serhiy Zhadan (Ukraine). In addition to focusing on close-reading and comparative analysis of novels, short stories, hybrid works, and poetry, we will also examine various social, political, and cultural contexts to see if and how they might have impacted the authors under discussion. All readings are in English. No prerequisites. 

Catalog Description:
Introduces major Slavic literary works of different types (stories, novels, poetry), mostly from the twentieth- and twenty-first century, focusing on the intense "close reading" of these texts that identifies their main literary features. Taught in English.
GE Requirements Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
March 2, 2024 - 12:29 pm