T C 301 • Robots and Beer Pubs: Czech Culture from 1863 to 1968-W
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
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.
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%
Derek Sayer, The Coasts of Bohemia
Jaroslav Haaek, The Good Soldier `vejk
Karel Capek, Toward the Radical Center
Franz Kafka, Collected Short Stories
ü, Under a Cruel Star: Life in Prague 1938-1968
Bohumil Hrabal, Closely Watched Trains
Films: Gustav Machat ü, Extasy Jirë Menzel, Closely Watched Trains