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

Mark Hopkins

Lecturer PhD, UT Austin

Mark Hopkins


  • Phone: (512) 471-3607
  • Office: BUR 462
  • Office Hours: Spring 2014: Thurs 2:00-­3:45pm
  • Campus Mail Code: F3600

REE 302 • Intro To Czech Hist/Culture

45187 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm JGB 2.202
(also listed as CZ 301K, EUS 307 )
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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%

REE S325 • Communist Countercultures

87458 • Summer 2014
Meets MTW 100pm-300pm PAR 204
(also listed as CZ S324 )
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During the Soviet period, strict state censorship severely restricted the activities of a significant number of writers and artists.  Undeterred, however, many continued their work secretly in an unofficial and potentially dangerous capacity.  In this course, discover how artistic movements such as rock music, theater of the absurd, new wave film, and samizdat (self-published) literature contributed to the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union.


Reading list:

Worlds of Dissent: Charter 77, the Plastic People of the Universe, and Czech Culture Under Communism by Jonathan Bolton Notes from Underground: Rock Music Counterculture in Russia by Thomas Cushman Back in the USSR:  The True Story of Rock Music in Russia by Artemy Troitsky Samizdat, Tamizdat, and Beyond:  Transnational Media During and After Socialism by Friederike Kind-Kovacs and Jessie Labov Disturbing the Peace by Vaclav Havel + Supplemental readings  



30% Final Exam

30% Research Paper

20% Short Response Paper

20% Attendance/Participation



REE 302 • Puppets, Pubs, And Polyglots

45233 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm RLM 5.126
(also listed as CZ 301K, EUS 307 )
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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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