SLAVIC 151 - First Year Seminar
Section: 003 Yugoslav/Post Yugoslav Short Fiction
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
10
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The region of the Balkans includes Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, and the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Named during the centuries-long Ottoman occupation, the region has politically been defined as the periphery of civilized Europe.

Through the literary renditions and theoretical elaborations of myths created in the region, as well as those created about the region by the Western literature, film industry, and in the recent years, media, we will delve into the problematics of identity, ethnicity, gender, body, memory, totalitarianism, violence, exile, and the gaze. Simultaneous with our mythical journey through history will be our historical journey through myth, as we follow the development of pertinent mythical themes from classical antiquity to modern times. Central to our discussion will be the key metaphor of the Balkans as a bridge between East and West

PRIMARY TEXTS:

  • Ivo Andrić, The Bridge on the Drina (Yugoslavia, 1945, Nobel Prize 1961);
  • Ismail Kadare, The Three-Arched Bridge (Albania, 1978);
  • Rhea Galanaki, The Life of Ismail Ferik Pasha (Greece, 1989);
  • Orhan Pamuk, White Castle (Turkey, 1985);
  • B. Wongar, Raki (Australia, 1994).

OTHER READINGS: Select poetry and short fiction by the following authors: Constantine Cavafy, Odysseus Elytis (Nobel Prize, 1979) (Greece), Marin Sorescu, Lucian Blaga (Romania), Nâzim Hikmet (Turkey), Elisaveta Bagryana (Bulgaria), Danilo Kiš (Yugoslavia).

FILMS:

  • Ulysses’ Gaze (Theo Angelopoulos, Greece, 1995),
  • Before the Rain (Milčo Mančevski, Macedonia, 1994), and
  • The Time of Gypsies (Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia, 1989).

SLAVIC 151 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
37917
Closed
0
1Y1
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
37919
Closed
0
10Y1
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
37921
Closed
0
1Y1
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
48191
Open
1
1Y1
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


Note:
- Please note that the DAMNED YARD by Ivo Andric must be purchased online from Amazon.com, as the bookstores cannot provide it. 
-All the other materials are posted on online library reserve and can be accessed through your CTools page.
ISBN: 1564784126
Hidden camera, Author: Zoran Zivkovic ; translated by Alice Copple-Tosic., Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press 1st U.S. e 2005
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0967889375
Mansarda, Author: Danilo Kis; John K. Cox [translator, editor]., Publisher: Serbian Classics Press 2008
Required
ISBN: 0967889340
Bad bloodMansarda, Author: Borisav Stankovic., Publisher: Serbian Classics Press 2008
Required
ISBN: 1564783758
Lend me your character, Author: by Dubravka Ugresic ; translation by Celia Hawkesworth and Michael Henry Heim ; revised by Damion Searls., Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press 1st ed. 2005
Required
ISBN: 1856100227
The damned yard and other stories, Author: Ivo Andric ; edited by Celia Hawkesworth., Publisher: Forest Books 2. ed. 1992
Required
ISBN: 0156031108
Gotz and Meyer, Author: David Albahari ; translated from the serbian by Ellen Elias-Bursac., Publisher: Harvest Books 1st Harves 2007
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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