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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2006

T C 301 • Robots and Beer Pubs: Czech Culture from 1863 to 1968-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42600 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
PAR 303

Course Description

The course is conceived as a heady and intoxicating introduction to a culture and people that made robots and pilsner beer household names. We will take a virtual tour of Czech history, literature, film, and brewmastery and study simultaneous developments in Western Europe and Russia in an attempt to answer the central question: Who are the Czechs and why don't people take them more seriously?

About the Professor Professor Cravens received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages from Princeton University (1998). He is a lecturer in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies.

Grading Policy

This course contains a substantial writing component. Three brief papers of 1000-1250 words (4-5 pages each): 15% each Rewrite of one paper: 15% Presentation: 10% Mid-term exam: 10% Final exam: 10% Attendance and active participation: 10%


Literature: Derek Sayer, The Coasts of Bohemia Jaroslav Haaek, The Good Soldier `vejk Karel Capek, Toward the Radical Center Franz Kafka, Collected Short Stories Heda Koval ü, Under a Cruel Star: Life in Prague 1938-1968 Bohumil Hrabal, Closely Watched Trains Course Packet
Films: Gustav Machat ü, Extasy Jirë Menzel, Closely Watched Trains


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