Slavic Languages and Literatures | Seminar in Czech Literature
C365 | ALL | Volkova


C365/565 Seminar in Czech/Central European Literature

		   LITERARY TEXTS IN TOTALITARIAN
			AND POSTCOMMUNIST SOCIETY

Professor Bronislava Volkova
Slavic Department, BH 502

The course focuses on texts in the Czech totalitarian society, their
specificity, the types of messages major writers are giving, as well as the
ways they use for transmission of these messages. Authors like Kundera,
kvoreck, Hrabal and Kohout will be among the highlights of this course, but
more contemporary literature and women's literature are featured extensively
as well. The course asks questions like what is specific for literature
under a totalitarian regime? How is it different from the literature in a
free society? What is temporal and what is eternal in such literature?

Requirements: graduates: one paper of 20 pp., midterm and final, as well as
two or three smaller (reading report assignments). Undergraduates will be
required to present a smaller main paper (7-10pp.), other assignments will
be the same. As all other Czech Literature courses it is taught from texts
in translation. Offered every other Spring (i.e. even years).