CZ 507 • First-Year Czech II
• Hopkins, Mark
Meets MTWTHF 1100am-1200pm UTC 4.120
The course is the second semester of an introduction to the Czech language with an emphasis on speaking, listening, and reading. In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.
Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study. Students are thus urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.
Grading: Short tests: 35%, Final exam: 15%, Homework: 15%, Quizzes: 10%, Attendance/participation: 15%, Portfolio: 10%
CZ 412L • Second-Year Czech II
• Hopkins, Mark
Meets MTWTH 1200pm-100pm UTC 4.120
Second Year Czech continues in developing communicative, reading, and writing skills.
Prerequisites: First Year Czech.
Readings: Susan Kresin, Czech for Fun (Cestina hrou).
Grading: Midterm 20%, Final Exam 20%, Participation, Quizzes, Presentations, Short Essays 60%.
CZ 330 • Modern Czech Literature
• Hopkins, Mark
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm BUR 130
“As we know, the absurd and comic dimensions of the world are always best seen from below.” — Václav Havel
Every culture has its own way of telling stories, its own models (in the visual, literary, and musical arts) for registering experience. The stories that “fit” become a permanent part of a nation’s identity. This course is designed to give students some idea of the narratives that have become a part of the Czech experience.
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 Hašek, Karel Čapek, Bohumil Hrabal, Josef Škvorecký, among others. We will read works from all three literary currents – official literature, unofficial or underground literature, and literature published abroad – and discuss them within their literary and political contexts.
Format, prerequisites and requirements of the course
Seminar format. Active attendance expected (attendance will be taken). From 50–230 pages of reading per week
Three 3-4-page papers, with one rewrite.
2 Short In-Class Exams
Texts. The following books (all in paperback) can be purchased under CZ 330 at the UT Coop on Guadalupe:
Jaroslav Hašek, The Good Soldier Švejk (Penguin)
Karel Čapek, War With the Newts (Catbird)
Bohumil Hrabal, I Served the King of England (Harcourt Brace)
Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude (Harcourt)
Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves (HarperPerennial)
Vladimír Páral, Catapult (Catbird)
Jiří Weil, Life With A Star (Northwestern)
A required course packet is also available for purchase at Speedway Copies in the Dopey Mall.
Grading: Papers: 60%; Exams: 20%; Attendance: 5%; Critiques: 10%; Participation: 5%
CZ 379 • Conf Crs In Czech Lang Or Lit
Prerequisite: Six semester hours of upper-division coursework in Czech, or upper-division standing and consent of instructor.
Hour(s) to be arranged. Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class. May be repeated for credit.