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


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).