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CENS 202 Great Works of Literature from Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in English).

Major works of Central, Eastern and Northern European literature from the eighteenth century to the present in their European context.

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Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
FullCENS 202 001Lecture1 Tue Thu14:0015:30

Great Works of Literature from Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in English): The Uniform


As markers of military rank or professional affiliation, tools of discipline, correction and control, but also subversion and masquerade, uniforms operate across multiple regimes of power. Focusing on literary, cinematic and photographic material, this course will enlist the help of several soldiers, servants and subjects of pedagogic practice to examine standardized dress code as a medium through which authority is continuously produced, disseminated, sanctioned and undermined. Titles will include: Arthur Schnitzler. Lieutenant Gustl; Leontine Sagan. Girls in Uniform; Milos Forman. The Firemen's Ball; Nikolai Gogol. The Nose; F.W. Murnau. The Last Laugh. All lectures and discussions will be in English. No prerequisites.

FullCENS 202 002Lecture1 Tue Thu14:0015:30

Bad Feelings: The Literary Lives of Anger, Boredom, and Envy

This course explores the relationship between negative emotions and literary culture. We will read philosophical, sociological, theoretical, and literary accounts of feeling and will situate them in the cultural and historical context of industrialist and post-industrialist modernity.

FullCENS 202 003Lecture2 Tue Thu11:0012:30

Comics and Graphic Novels in Central, Northern and Eastern Europe

This course focuses on comics produced in Central, Eastern and Northern Europe. We'll spend the first two weeks on the history of the comics medium, especially in the region under study. We'll then read, analyze and discuss both selected excerpts and entire graphic novels by creators from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Russia and the former Yugoslavia. All works will be read in English translation.

CENS 202 004Lecture2 Tue Thu11:0012:30

This course places major works of Central, Eastern and Northern European literature from the 20th century in the context of European identities and mythologies. We compare Kafka with his Polish counterpart Bruno Schulz, read old and new bestsellers that deal with the histories of WWI and WWII (Roth, Schlink) and explore writers covering post-communist Eastern Europe and the Balkan region (Drakuli, Swartz). We also discuss a fairy tale by the 19th century Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, film adaptations, journalistic writings, and documentaries about the EU extension, including the question where Europe begins, ends, and where its centre is located, historically and geographically.