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Spring 2015-2016
* SLA 395 / RES 395 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Czeslaw Milosz: Poetry, Politics, History

Irena G. Gross

Polish-American poet Czeslaw Milosz won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1980. In this seminar, which combines textual analyses, history of literature and intellectual history, we will speak on the basis of his major works (and some of his contemporaries - Seamus Heaney, Joseph Brodsky, Derek Walcott), about World War II, Polish-Russian relations, global dominance of English-language poetry, growth of high culture in the United States, and the decline of exile.

Sample reading list:
Milosz, Czeslaw, New and Collected Poems
Milosz, Czeslaw, To Begin Where I Am
Milosz, Czeslaw, Native Realm, Berkeley
Milosz, Czeslaw, Conversations
Gross, Irena Grudzinska, Czeslaw Milosz
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
All readings will be in English, students able to read texts in Polish or Russian will be able to do so. Poems will be read at every session, as well as some essays and/or approximately 100 pages a week. Writings: two papers, in lieu of midterm exam (five pages) and in lieu of final exam (15 pages).

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
42403 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   305   Enrolled:4 Limit:15