SLAVIC 151 - First Year Seminar
Section: 003 DUI (Discourse Under the Influence): An Introduction to Narratology
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Course Note:
Designed to introduce entering students to aspects of culture in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia by analyzing the complex processes which define "culture" and "ethnicity" in the areas where "West meets East." Topics vary according to the interests of the instructors. Whatever their subject matter, first-year seminars emphasize critical thinking through class discussions and thorough practice in introductory composition.
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

How does a literary text draw us into the mind of a character who is dramatically different from both the author and the reader, yet relatable and believable? How does the world seen through that mind compare to our own? Narratology, or the study of narrative structure, considers the devices writers use to manipulate how we perceive the worlds represented in words. In this seminar, we will examine especially striking instances of this manipulation: novels, poems, and essays in which a rational, calculating author convinces us that we are seeing the world through the eyes of an intoxicated speaker. Intoxication has been and remains a useful tool for authors looking to shake the reliability of their narrative, providing both a social context and a cognitive (or cognitively impaired) model for doing so, and in Russian, Polish, and Czech literatures it has been employed to powerful effect in the service of cultural and political critiques. We will probe these texts for clues about how writers use intoxication to heighten the comedy of basically tragic stories. We will also discuss the unrestrained commentaries these writers provide on national habits, social and cultural shortcomings, and personal dreams. Readings will include dazzling works by Bohumil Hrabal, Venedikt Erofeev, Jerzy Pilch, Dorota Masłowska, and others, as well as major contributions to narrative theory.

SLAVIC 151 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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Coursepack Location:
Available on our CTools course site for download
ISBN: 0810112000
Moscow to the end of line, Author: Venedikt Erofeev. Transl. by H. William Tjalsma, Publisher: Northwestern Univ. Press 2. print. 1994
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0156002329
Dancing lessons for the advanced in age, Author: Bohumil Hrabal ; translated from the Czech by Michael Henry Heim., Publisher: Harcourt Brace 1st ed. 1995
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1843914328
A romance with cocaine, Author: M. Ageyev ; translated by Hugh Aplin ; [foreword by Toby Young]., Publisher: Hesperus Press 2008
ISBN: 0802170013
Snow white and Russian red, Author: Dorota Maslowska ; translated from the Polish by Benjamin Paloff ; with illustrations by Krzysztof Ostrowski., Publisher: Black Cat 2005
ISBN: 1934824089
The mighty angel : a novel, Author: Jerzy Pilch ; translated from the Polish by Bill Johnston., Publisher: Open Letter 1st ed. 2009
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