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Fall 2012-2013
* ECS 360 / SLA 360 (EM)  

Central-European Literature of the 20th Century

Irena G. Gross

This course is designed to introduce students to Central European literature, culture and history. We will focus on texts from Poland, ex-Czechoslovakia and Hungary, and the impact of Jewish culture on the region as a whole. The course will begin with the interwar period (1918-1939) and the immediate postwar part of the course is dominated by fictional and nonfictional accounts of World War II, the Holocaust and Communism. We will discuss literature as an opposition tool, the writer in exile, and the post-communist accounting for the past.

Sample reading list:
Tadeusz Borowski, This Way to the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen
Franz Kafka, The Country Doctor
Peter Esterhazy, A Little Hungarian Pornography
Milan Kundera, The Joke
Herta Muller, Passport
Bruno Schulz, Street of Crocodiles

Reading/Writing assignments:
The class will read one short novel and short story per week. Students will be required to participate in class discussions, deliver one presentation, write a short paper (5 pages) and one final paper (15 pages).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23140 S01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   Scheide Caldwell House   209   Enrolled:17 Limit:22