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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2007

E 322 • Milan Kundera and World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34370 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
CAL 200
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

Two eight-page papers and one re-write 70%
10-minute presentation 10%
Final 20%

Texts

The Joke
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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