Slavic Languages and Literatures | Seminar in Czech 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).