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Winter Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Czech

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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 April 26)

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CZECH 480. Supervised Czech Reading.

Section 001.


Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-4). May be elected for credit twice.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Selected readings in Czech on specific topics according to the student's needs and qualifications. Knowledge of Czech through Czech 142 is required.

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CZECH 484. Modern Czech Literature.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jonathan H Bolton (

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The twentieth century has not been kind to Central Europe, inflicting repeated wars, revolutions, and occupations by foreign powers. Czech literature has tended to respond with humor, confronting tragedy with comedy and bringing the everyday and the absurd to bear against the epic dramas of a hostile history. In this course we will read some of the classic Czech novels, stories, poems, and plays from World War I to the present, seeking to place them in historical context and looking at how writers have responded to the First and Second World Wars, the German occupation beginning in 1939, the Holocaust, the Communist takeover of 1948, and the Soviet invasion of 1968. Readings will include Milan Kundera, Vaclav Havel, Karel Capek, Josef Skvorecky, Jaroslav Hasek, and others; we'll also view several films and examine representative works of art by Josef Vachal, Group 42, and Jiri Kolar. Topics to be discussed include the use and abuse of laughter; the strengths and weaknesses of comic genres such as the grotesque, the burlesque, and the joke; the individual's attempts to protect everyday life against the depradations of politics and history; language, identity, and their deformation by political repression; and the complicated negotiations between writers and the repressive regimes trying to control them. All readings are in English. No previous knowledge of Czech literature or history is required. Requirements: attendance and participation; five two-page papers responding to the readings; final exam in class.


  • Alexandra Buchler, ed. Allskin and Other Tales by Contemporary Czech Women. Women in Translation, 1998.
  • Karel Capek. Toward the Radical Center. Ed. Peter Kussi. Catbird, 1990.
  • Karel Capek. War with the Newts. Trans. Ewald Osers. Catbird, 1990.
  • Jaroslav Hasek. The Good Soldier Svejk. Trans. Cecil Parrott. Viking, 1985.
  • Jiri Grusa. The Questionnaire, or Prayer for a Town and A Friend. Trans. Peter Kussi. Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive, 2000.
  • Vaclav Havel. The Memorandum. New York: Grove, 1967.
  • Bohumil Hrabal. I Served the King of England. Trans. Paul Wilson. Vintage, 1990.
  • Milan Kundera. Life is Elsewhere. Trans. Aaron Asher. Harperperennial, 2000.
  • Jaroslav Seifert. The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert. Trans. Ewald Osers and George Gibian. Catbird, 1998.
  • Josef Skvorecky. The Bass Saxophone. Ecco: 1994.

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