Slavic Languages and Literatures | Post-Communist Polish Culture
P365 | ALL | Beinek
Last 8 weeks class, starts March 4, 2008
TR 4-6 pm
Ballantine Hall 215
In the post-communist period (1989-present), Polish culture has undergone profound
changes due to the introduction of democracy and development of civil society; the rise of
capitalism and switch to market economy; the accession to the European Union in 2004;
the erasure of communist censorship; and the influx of Western aesthetic and social ideas.
In this course we will discuss how these changes have influenced chosen areas of culture:
literature, film, visual arts, theater, music, mass media, and the culture of everyday life.
Primary materials: literature, film, fine arts images, song lyrics, video clips. Prose writers:
Chwin, Tulli, Tokarczuk, Maslowska, Stasiuk. Poets: Milosz, Szymborska, Rozewicz,
Herbert, Zagajewski, Rozycki, Swietlicki. Films by Kieslowski, Holland, Kolski, Trzaskalski,
Fabicki. Visual artists: Kozyra, Libera, Rajkowska, Kulik, Nowosielski, Tarasewicz.
Issues: Is there a link between contemporary culture and Polish historical heritage? What
are the new topics and forms of expression? What accounts for the popularity of today’s
dominant cultural trends? How does contemporary Polish culture refract the socio-
political changes of the last 19 years of democracy?
Requirements: take-home midterm and final.
Intensive Writing section: 20 pages of writing and one revision (four papers and one
revision) independent of regular class written assignments, as per IU regulations.