SLAVIC 290 - Studies in Eastern European Cultures
Section: 006 Robots, Newts, Plague: Karel Capek's Path towards Anti-Nazi Resistance
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Credits:
1
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
Minicourse
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

The mini-course focuses on the work of the Czech author of the 1920s and 1930s, Karel Capek. We will read and discuss select examples of his novels and theater plays, eventually tracing a line that could be called a line of author’s political maturation in a time of crisis and conflict. We will start with Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R.) of 1920, a play that made Capek internationally famous, continue with a highly acclaimed sci-fi prose The War with the Newts of 1936, and we will add a lesser known play, The White Plague (1937). The robot play is an expression of moderate social criticism, the newts novel already moves into a political direction, while the Plague play, written on the eve of World War II, is an open statement of resistance to dictatorships and Nazism.

SLAVIC 290 - Studies in Eastern European Cultures
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
20668
Open
11
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meet 1st 7 wks: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21.
002 (LEC)
P
36160
Closed
0
 
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W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Meet 1st 7 wks: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21.
003 (LEC)
P
23886
Open
13
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meet 2nd 7 wks: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17.
004 (LEC)
P
33298
Open
13
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Meet 2nd 7 wks: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17.
005 (LEC)
P
28032
Open
8
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (LEC)
P
37262
Open
5
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: This class meets 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10
007 (LEC)
P
37263
Open
5
 
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M 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: This class meets 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16
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ISBN: 1473208041
War with the newts, Author: C?apek, Karel, 1890-1938,
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