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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Spring 2008

REE 325 • MODERN CZECH LITERATURE-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45550 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
RAS 211A
Cravens

Course Description

The course will examine the 20th-century prose literature of a nation that has been annexed and traded off among German, Austrian, and Soviet powers for most of its existence. Such a perilous history has created an oddly humble, modest, and quirky people, whose view of the world is darkly humorous yet unassumingly "philosophical." We begin with a brief outline of Czech literary history and the development of nineteenth-century Czech prose against the background of world literature. Our focus, however, will be on Czech twentieth-century master works by Milan Kundera, Jaroslav Haaek, Karel apek, Bohumil Hrabal, and Václav Havel, among others. We will read works from all three literary currentsofficial, underground, and exileand thereby try to come to an understanding of the Czechs. Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Fulfills the basic Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies requiement in language, literature, and Culture. Meets with CZ 330 and EUS 361.

Grading Policy

3 6-8-page papers, 20% each 2 exams, 10% each Critiques, 10% Participation, 5% Attendance, 5%

Texts

Jaroslav Haaek, The Adventures of the Good Soldier `vejk Karel apek, War with the Newts Bohumil Hrabal, I Served the King of England, Too Loud a Solitude Josef `kvorecký, The Cowards, Emöke Milan Kundera, The Joke Vladimir Páral, Catapult Michal Viewegh, Bringing Up Girls In Bohemia

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