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Mark Hopkins

LecturerPhD, UT Austin

Mark Hopkins



Mark Hopkins currently teaches courses in both Russian and Czech languages, literatures, and cultures.  His current research projects include language pedagogy, the Texas Czech Legacy Project and Dialect Archive, online Czech curriculum development, and mysticism and nonduality in twentieth century Slavic literature.


EUS 307 • Intro To Czech Hist/Culture

36597 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm JGB 2.202
(also listed as CZ 301K, REE 302)

Intro To Czech Hist/Culture: Puppets, Pubs, and Polyglots

An introduction to Czech culture from 870 to the present. The first half of the course will begin with the ninth century Premyslid dynasty and Czech legends and will chronicle critical moments in the historical evolution of Czech culture up to the 19th-century Czech National Revival. The second half of the course will focus on the 20th and 21st centuries and will conclude with a field trip tour of a local brewery.


  • Alois Jirasek, Old Czech Legends
  • Jan Neruda, Prague Tales
  • Jaroslav Hasek, The Good Soldier Svejk
  • Vaclav Havel, Disturbing the Peace
  • Bazant, Bazantova, Starn, The Czech Reader: History, Culture, Politics
  • Hugh Agnew, The Czechs and the Lands of the Bohemian Crown

Requirements and Grading

  • 2 Exams  50%
  • Short Paper  10%
  • Final Paper  20%
  • Attendance and Participation  20%

EUS 307 • Puppets, Pubs, And Polyglots

36673 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm RLM 5.126
(also listed as CZ 301K, REE 302)

This course is a survey of Czech history and culture from the middle ages to the present day. From beer brewing monks to underground rock bands and pornographic puppets, this course will cover the culture of daily life, as well as the Culture of literature, history, philosophy, and the arts. In addition to weekly reading assignments and lectures, film and music selections will also be assigned.


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  • Center for European Studies

    University of Texas at Austin
    158 W 21st Street
    Austin, Texas 78712