REES 410 - Polish Culture
Section: 001 Dismantling the Totalitarian State in Poland-region: Rock Kills Communism
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REES)
Department: LSA II: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
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March 5,12,19,26, April 2 and 9. (Drop/Add deadline=Mar. 11.).
May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Rock music was the primary factor in the process of defeating totalitarianism in Poland — argued Franciszek Walicki, one of the prominent veterans of Polish pop music, during a conference on rock and politics in Gdańsk in 2000.

Did Polish popular culture destroy the very foundations of Communism? Or did the decline of Communism allow the increasingly critical voices of prominent cabaret artists, pop musicians and cartoonists to express the sentiments of the population?

A study of Polish popular culture in the 1970's and 1980's, the last two decades of the Communist rule in Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries. Humor, music, political and social commentary by such icons of Polish counterculture as Młynarski, Grzeskowiak, Chyła, Mleczko, Olewicz, Hołdys, Mogielnicki, Ciechowski, and others. A detailed analysis of texts, drawings, performances and films documenting the gradual collapse of the Communist control of all aspects of life.

Grading will be based on attendance, participation, and short reflection papers.

All required readings will be contained in a course pack.

No knowledge of Polish language and culture necessary.

REES 410 - Polish Culture
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001 (SEM)
W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: REES 410.001 meet together with Slavic 490.002. 1 credit. March 7 - April 11.
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