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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 001Lecture2 Tue Thu11:0012:30

Aspects of violence and criminality in relation to natural, technical, and social disaster. Part 1 addresses the emergence of the genre of novella in the Italian renaissance (Boccaccio's "Decameron"), which is transformed into "Crime Novella", applying concepts of the criminal individual (Foucault) with animal companionship (Haraway). Readings include: Schiller's "The Criminal of Lost Honour"; Droste-Hülshoff's "The Jew Beech"; and Ebner-Eschenbach's "Krambambuli". Part 2 on domestic disaster includes Schlegel's "Düval und Charmille"; Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"; Tolstoy's "Kreuzer Sonata". Part 3 focuses on combining crime, disaster, and family issues: Dostoevsky ("Crime and Punishment"), Bronsky ("Baba Dunja's Last Love"), and Haushofer, "The Wall."

FullCENS 202 002Lecture2 Tue Thu11:0012:30

This course places literary texts from the 20th century in the context of European history and cultural identity. We read old and new bestsellers that deal with difficult times before WWI and after WWII (Kafka, Roth, Schlink). We look at Europe from the East and explore writers covering post-communist Europe and the 'Balkan' region (Drakulic, Swartz). We also discuss film adaptations, the history of colonialism with a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, as well as journalistic writings and documentaries about the EU extension, including the question where Europe begins, ends, and where its centre is located, culturally and geographically.

FullCENS 202 003Web-Oriented Course1 Tue Thu14:0015:30

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. Lectures and discussions based on weekly readings, films and other audio-visual material.

CENS 202 004Lecture2 Tue Thu15:3017:00

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