SLAVIC 225 - Arts and Cultures of Central Europe
Section: 001 Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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The course is an introduction to the rich cultures of the peoples of Central Europe (Croats, Czechs, Hungarians, Jews, Poles, Serbs, and Slovaks) seen against the background of two world wars, communism and its recent disintegration. Culturally vibrant, Central Europe reveals the tragic destiny of twentieth-century civilization which gave rise to two totalitarian systems: fascism and communism. The course will outline the ethnic complexities of the region, with special attention to Jewish culture and its tragic destruction during the Holocaust. The traumatic effects of the war and of ideological coercion on the civilian population will be documented by contemporary films. The course will examine the fate of culture under totalitarianism and study subterfuges used by novelists, dramatists, and artists to circumvent political control and censorship. Students will read works by Kafka, Milosz, Kundera, and Havel; see movies by Kadar, Wajda, and Kieślowski; become acquainted with Czech and Polish avant-garde art and music and the unique cultural atmosphere of Central European cities: Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Warsaw.

SLAVIC 225 - Arts and Cultures of Central Europe
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
13175
Open
6
 
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MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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