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 amo
ng 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 Czec
h Literature courses it is taught from texts in translation. Offered every other Spring (i.e. even years).