T C 301 • Literature in Exile
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
The twentieth century was a century of exiles. More people than ever were torn from their homelands, families, languages, and cultural underpinnings. Political regimes banished "undesired" citizens, especially those who openly protested against the system. Among the most outspoken were, of course, writers, for whom freedom of speech and artistic expression are more important than their lost homes and possessions. In this course we will read the works of Russian and Central European writers who left their homelands in search of literary and political freedom. The works of Ageyev, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, and Kundera reflect the newly found freedom of the authors. However, in their works there is also nostalgia for the lost homeland, language, and culture. The tension stemming from this dichotomy will be the primary focus of this course.
About the Professor
Hana Pichova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies. She received a doctorate in Russian literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been at UT since 1991. She is interested in Czech and Russian literature as well as Lepidoptera.
This course contains a substantial writing component.
Three short papers (6 pages each): 60%
Class participation: 20%
Franz Kafka, "The Bridge"
M. Ageyev, Novel with Cocaine
Ivan Bunin, short stories
Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, "Matryona's Home"
Eva Hoffmann, Lost in Translation
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)