Slavic Languages and Literatures | Literatures and Cultures of the Southern Slavs 1
S363 | ALL | Cooper


AHTI, CSA Survey of the history and cultures of the Croats, Slovenes,
Serbs,
Macedonians, and Bulgarians from prehistory to the end of the 19th
century. Readings and lectures in English.
Schedule of Lectures and Assignments
Unit I: Introduction
1. Southeastern Europe: Geography
2. Southeastern Europe: Peoples
3. Southeastern Europe: Languages
4. Southeastern Europe: Earliest History to 863 AD
5. Early Slavic Social Structures
6. Slavic Paganism
Reading Assignments
Required for All:
Barbara Jelavich, History of the Balkans, vol. 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1983): 1-36.
Optional for Undergraduates, Required for Graduates:
Francis Dvornik, The Slavs: Their Early History and Civilization
(Boston: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1956): 1-79.
Marija Gimbutas, The Slavs (NY: Praeger, 1971): 98-170.
Optional for All:
Robert Lee Wolff, The Balkans in Our Time (NY: Norton, 1967): 10-101.
Florin Curta, The Making of the Slavs: History and Archaeology of the
Lower Danube Region, c. 500-700 (Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 2001)
Alexander M. Schenker, The Dawn of Slavic: An Introduction to Slavic
Philology (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995): 1-60.
Misha Glenny, The Fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War (London,
NY: Penguin, 1992).
Tim Judah, The Serbs (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997)
John R. Lampe, Yugoslavia As History (Cambridge and New York:
Cambridge University Press, 1996).
Noel Malcolm, Bosnia: A Short History (New York: NYU Press, 1994).
Noel Malcolm, Kosovo: A Short History (New York: Harper, 1999).
Francč Stelč, ed., Art on the Soil of Yugoslavia (Belgrade:
“Jugoslavija,” 1971): 11-21, 33-40.
Susan Woodward, Balkan Tragedy (Washington DC: The Brookings
Institution, 1995).
Unit II: Medieval South Slavic Cultures
7. Christianization of the South Slavic Peoples
8. The Bulgarian Empires
9. The Serbian Empire
10. Literature, Art, Architecture, Music
11. Orthodoxy and Heresy
12. The Turkish Conquest
Reading Assignments
Required for All:
Thomas Butler, Monumenta bulgarica (Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Slavic
Publications, 1996): xxi-xxxiv, 3-29, 47-68, 99-108,143-168, 187-200,
239-289 (abbreviated MBul).
Thomas Butler, Monumenta serbocroatica (Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Slavic
Publications, 1980): 3-15, 37-78, 129-75 (abbreviated MSC).
Optional for Undergraduates, Required for Graduates:
Dvornik, op. cit.: 80-102.
Optional for All:
Antun Barac, A History of Yugoslav Literature (Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan
Slavic Publications, 1976): 11-22.
Charles A. Moser, A History of Bulgarian Literature, 865-1944 (The
Hague: Mouton, 1972): 9-36.
Stelč, op. cit.: 57-88, 171-6.
Peter Sugar, Southeastern Europe under Ottoman Rule, 1354-1804
(Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1977): 3-30,
63-71, 251-70.
John V.A. Fine, Jr., The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey
from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century (Ann Arbor, MI: University
of Michigan Press, 1983).
Boža Aleksić et al., eds. Yugoslav Mosaic (Belgrade: Review, 1969):
17-64, 85-116.
Mateja Matejić and Dragan Milivojević, An Anthology of Medieval
Serbian Literature in English (Columbus, OH: Slavica, 1978): 9-26 &
passim.
Čudovita Jugoslavija (Ljubljana: 1982).
J.R. Colombo and N. Roussanoff, The Balkan Range: A Bulgarian Reader
(Toronto: Hounslow Press, 1976): 41-58.

Unit III: Renaissance and Reformation
13. Dalmatia and Renaissance Italy
14. Dalmatian Renaissance Literature
15. Ivan Gundulić
16. Protestantism and the Slovene Awakening
Reading Assignments
Required for All:
Butler, MSC, op. cit.: 179-273.
Marin Držić, pp. 40-46; Ivan Gundulić, pp. 61-67; in: Vasa D.
Mihailovich, ed., South Slavic Writers Before World War II (New York:
Bruccoli, Clark, Layman, 1995) (= Dictionary of Literary Biography,
vol. 147; abbreviated DLB 147).
Optional for Undergraduates, Required for Graduate Students:
Francis Dvornik, The Slavs in European History and Civilization (New
Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers, 1962): 319-22, 350-59.
John S. Miletich, “The Lute and the Lattice: Croatian Poetry of the
Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries,” The Bridge (Zagreb) 25 (1971): 1-80.
Optional for All:
Barac, op. cit.: 23-50.
Roger Portal, The Slavs (NY and Evanston: Harper and Row, 1969): 90-107.
Stelč, op. cit.: 109-18, 143-50, 187-97.
Aleksić, op. cit.: 65-84.
Midterm Exam
Unit IV: Folk Culture
18. The Enlightenment and Folk Culture
19. South Slavic Folk Poetry, Tales, and Music
Reading Assignments
Required for All:
Butler, MSC, 277-318, 375-465.
Butler, MBul, 333-360, 473-593.
Vuk Karadžić, pp. 68-74; Dositej Obradović, pp. 182-189; in DLB 147.
Optional for Undergraduates, Required for Graduate Students:
Mary P. Coote, “Serbocroatian Heroic Songs,” in: Felix Oinas, ed.,
Heroic Epic and Saga (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press,
1978): 257-85.
Optional for All:
Barac, op. cit.: 51-79.
Albert B. Lord, The Singer of Tales (NY: Atheneum, 1978): 1-138.
Svetozar Koljević, The Epic in the Making (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980).
Aleksić, op. cit.: 117-80, 229-44.
Klaus Roth and Gabriele Wolf, South Slavic Folk Culture: A
Bibliography (Columbus OH: Slavica, 1994).
Colombo and Roussanoff, op. cit.: 21-39, 59-65.
Unit V: Nationalism and Romanticism
20. Linguistics and the National Revivals
21. The Slovene Lands: Francč Prešeren
22. The Croatian Lands: Ivan Mažuranić
23. The Serbian Lands: P.P. Njegoš
24. Bulgarian Liberation: Botev and Vazov
Reading Assignments
Required for All:
Butler, MSC, 321-72.
Butler, MBul, 389-469.
Charles Ward, tr., “Smail-aga Čengić’s Death,” The Bridge (Zagreb) 17
(1969): 1-39.
Tom M.S. Priestly and Henry R. Cooper, Jr., trs., “The Baptism on the
Savica,” “A Wreath of Sonnets,” in: Francč Prešeren, Pesmi/Poems
(Klagenfurt-Ljubljana-Vienna: Mohorjeva družba, 1999): 112-46.
Khristo Botev, pp. 18-23; Ivan Mažuranić, pp. 146-50; P.P. Njegoš, pp.
162-169; Francč Prešeren, pp. 197-205; in DLB 147.
Optional for All:
Barac, op. cit.: 81-118.
Moser, op. cit.: 41-51.
H.R. Cooper, Jr., Francč Prešeren (Boston: Twayne, 1981): 15-59.
Stelč, op. cit.: 199-202.
Jelavich, op. cit., 171-380.
Vasa D. Mihailovich, tr., The Mountain Wreath (Belgrade: 1989)
Hristo Botev, Poems (Sofia: Sofia Press, 1974).
Unit VI: Towards Independence, 1848-1918
25. South Slavic Realism, I
26. South Slavic Realism, II
27. The South Slavic Moderna
Reading Week
Reading Week
Reading Assignments
Required for All:
S363/S563 Xeroxed Materials: 1-139 (as two files)
Ivan Cankar, pp. 24-32; Aleko Konstantinov, pp. 87-91; S.S.
Kranjčević, pp. 104-111; L. Lazarević, pp. 122-126; A.G. Matoš, pp.
139-145; B. Nušić, pp. 176-81; A. Šenoa, pp. 215-221; I. Vazov, pp.
248-256; Y. Yovkov, pp. 276-283; O. Župančič, p. 284-292; in DLB 147.
Optional for Undergraduates, Required for Graduate Students:
Barbara Jelavich, History of the Balkans, vol. 2, Twentieth Century
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983): 1-105.
Optional for All:
Portal, op. cit.: 364-84.
Colombo and Roussanoff, op. cit.: 65-165.
Moser, op. cit.: 51-84, 91-180.
Barac, op. cit.: 119-235.
Final Examination
Grades are based on class preparedness and participation (40%),
examinations (midterm 20%, final 20%), and two in-class oral
presentations (10% each).
All the required readings are available in Thomas Butler, Monumenta
bulgarica (Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Slavic Publications, 1996), Thomas
Butler, Monumenta serbocroatica (Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Slavic
Publications, 1980 or later editions), both of which have been ordered
through the IU Bookstore and TIS; the other required readings are
available through Electronic Reserves
(http://www.ereserves.indiana.edu/coursepage.asp?cid=2607); the
password is powerful.