CS: Literature and Culture of Central Europe

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Description: 

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the issues, ideas, and genres in the literature of Central Europe from the years around 1900 to the present. Through the study of literature, cinema, and the artistic avant-garde, we will explore a broad and diverse cultural history that extends from the Habsburg Empire to two World Wars, communism, and beyond. Our readings and classroom discussions will focus on situating individual works in a cultural and historical context in order to gain insights into the significance of cultural traditions.

We will also be addressing the role of the artist/intellectual vis à vis political power, and the literary stylization of the Central European experience.