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Winter Academic Term 2004 Course Guide

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Courses in Czech


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Winter Academic Term, 2004 (January 6 - April 30)



CZECH 142. First-Year Czech.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: CZECH 141. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in CZECH 143.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is a continuation of CZECH 141 with emphasis on the development of reading and speaking skills in the target language. Daily preparation required as well as language laboratory and tests. Students with previous knowledge of any other Slavic language may inquire at the Slavic Department Office for enrollment in this course. Textbook: Colloquial Czech by James Naughton, 2nd edition.

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CZECH 242. Second-Year Czech.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Zdenka Brodska (zdebrod@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: CZECH 241. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Continuation of CZECH 241. Emphasis on reading, writing, and oral skills. Quizzes, tests, language laboratory required; daily preparation essential. Texts by Czech authors, such as Jaroslav Seifert, Milan Kundera, Karel Capek, and Vaclav Havel. The text and supporting grammatical materials will be distributed in class.

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CZECH 342. Third-Year Czech.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Zdenka Brodska (zdebrod@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: CZECH 341. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course is a continuation of CZECH 341. It further enhances the knowledge of Czech, especially its vocabulary and idiomatic expressions frequently used in conversation. Since the course is primarily conducted in Czech, student active participation is required. This includes discussion of texts read, assigned or chosen by students themselves in accordance with their field of study as well as films shown in class. Students who complete Third-Year Czech should be able to participate in conversations with native speakers and read a broad variety of texts with the aid of a dictionary.

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CZECH 480. Supervised Czech Reading.

Instructor(s):

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

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Reading original works in selected areas of Czech literature.

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CZECH 484. Modern Czech Literature.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jindrich Toman (ptydepe@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/czech/484/001.nsf

The twentieth century has been a period of turmoil, rupture, and change in Central Europe. Czech culture often tended to respond with humor, subterfuge, and absurd wit. In this course, we will read literary works and study other areas of culture to see how individual authors reacted to the changing forces of history. The initial segment deals with the late days of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (including the Czech-German-Jewish culture of Prague before 1914) and the impact of World War One (including the work of Jaroslav Hasek). The next segment focuses on the First Republic (1918-1938), both as a literary phenomenon and a period during which a modern lifestyle, comparable to that of the German Weimar period, emerged. Works by Karel Èapek and Milena Jesenská are among those discussed. The World War Two period, the so-called Protectorate (1939-1945), is represented by Holocaust authors, including Jiøí Weil. Finally, the post-1945 era will be surveyed, with foci on liberalization in the 1960s and the underground literature of the dissidents after 1968. Authors of this segment include Havel, Hrabal, and Kundera.

Throughout, the course will emphasize the overall cultural fabric of the period. There is substantial treatment of visual arts (Czech Cubism, Poetism, and Surrealism), film, as well as the interface of political power and literature.

Class will alternate lectures with discussion of assigned readings. All readings are in English translation. No prior knowledge of Czech and Slovak history is necessary. Evaluation of students' work will be based on an essay, midterm examination, and class-participation.

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