Literature and Culture of Central Europe
We will also be addressing the role of the artist/intellectual vis à
vis political power, and the literary stylization of the Central European
Evaluation and Grading:
To assess your work during the semester, there will be two papers (five to seven pages in length) on assigned topics, a mid-term and final exam.
The final grade for the semester will be based on the following breakdown:
Papers: 30% (15% each)
Classroom participation: 15%
Attendance is required. During the semester 3 unexcused absences are permitted, thereafter it will affect your grade. If you are not able to attend class, please notify me.
August 31 Introduction
Geographical, political, historical parameters
Sept. 2 Readings in course packet:
Johnson, ”Where is Central Europe?”
Halecki, “The Limits and Divisions of European History”, Chaps.6 & 7
Garton Ash, “Does Central Europe Exist?”
Sept. 7 Labor Day (no class)
Sept. 9 Cultural Parameters:
Willett, “Is there a Central European Culture?”
Kundera, “A Kidnapped West or Culture Bows Out”
Sept. 14 Cultural Concepts of CE
“The Budapest Roundtable”
Judt, “The Rediscovery of Central Europe”
Sept. 16 Pre-War CE/”The Self: Fragmented and ‘Remakeable’”
Kafka: “The Metamorphosis”
Sept. 21 Kafka: “The Hunger Artist”
Sept. 23 Jewish Identity in CE
Schnitzler: Road into the Open, intro. & pp.3-120.
Sept. 28 Schnitzler: pp. 121-215
Sept. 30 Schnitzler: pp. 216-297
Oct. 2 World War I (Film: Colonel Redl)
Roth: “The Bust of the Emporer”
Kraus: “The Last Days of Mankind”(course packet)
Oct. 7 Kraus: “The Last Days of Mankind”
Oct. 12 Post-War CE
Roth: “Hotel Savoy”
Oct. 14 Mid-term Exam
Oct. 19 WWII, Anti-Semitism, Terror, Holocaust
Kis: “A Tomb for Boris Davidovich”
(Film: Shop on Main Street)
Oct. 21 Kis: “A Tomb for Boris Davidovich” (First Paper due!)
(Film: Europa, Europa)
Oct. 26 Kis: cont.
Oct. 28 Communism and the Artist in Hungary
Haraszti: “The Velvet Prison”
Nov. 2 The New Socialist Man
Konrád: “The Caseworker”
Nov. 4 Konrád, cont. (Film: Man of Marble)
Nov. 9 Remembering Communism in Prague
Kundera: “Book of Laughter and Forgetting”
Nov. 11 Kundera, cont.
(Film: All my Good Countrymen)
Nov. 16 Ethnicity in Yugoslavia
Andric: “Bridge on the Drina”
Nov. 18 Andric, cont.
Nov. 23 Andric, cont. (Film: Time of the Gypsies)
Nov. 25 "Time of the Gypsies"
Nov. 30 Life after Communism?
“The Glorious Revolution of 1989”(course packet)
Drakulic: “Café Europa”
Dec. 2 Drakulic, cont. (Second Paper due!)
Dec. 7 REVIEW
***FINAL EXAM : Monday, Dec. 14, 1998 ; 11:00-1:00***