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

Fall 2006

CZ 330 • Modern Czech Literature - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46795 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
PAR 206
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.

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 `kvoreck ü, The Cowards Milan Kundera, The Joke Vladimir Páral, Catapult Michal Viewegh, Bringing Up Girls In Bohemia JiYë Weil, Life With a Star

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