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

Spring 2009

REE 385 • MILAN KUNDERA AND WORLD LITERATURE

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44815 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
JES A205A
Pichova

Course Description

This course explores the life and work of one of the worlds' greatest living authors. We will trace Milan Kundera's political and literary path from his communist poetic youth to his present postmodern Francophilia and compare his novels with those authors he himself considers his predecessors and influences in European literature, such as Franz Kafka, Witold Gombrowicz, Lawrence Sterne, Robert Musil, and Miguel Cervantes. Special attention will be paid to his essays, which provoked heated literary and political polemics.

Grading Policy

2 8-page papers & 1 re-write 70% 10 minute presentation 10% Final 20%

Texts

Farewell Waltz The Book of Laughter and Forgetting The Unbearable Lightness of Being Slowness The Art of the Novel Course pack available at Speedway

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