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CENS 201 Contrasts and Conflicts: The Cultures of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in English)

An introduction to the cultural history of the peoples of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe as reflected in their literature, art and music.

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Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
CENS 201 001Web-Oriented Course1 Tue Thu11:0012:30

Focusing on aspects of violence and criminality in relation to natural, technical, and social disaster in central Europe, the course falls into three major parts. The first will deal with the emergence of the genre of novella in the Italian renaissance (Boccaccio's "Decameron"), which is transformed into "Crime Novella" in the 18th and 19th centuries, applying new concepts of the criminal individual (Foucault) in interrelation with animal companionship (Haraway). Readings include: Friedrich Schiller's "The Criminal of Lost Honour"; Annette von Droste-Hülshoff's "The Jew Beech"; and Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach's "Krambambuli". In the second part, we'll focus on concept of domestic disaster (Christiane K. Schlegel's "Düval und Charmille"; Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"; Tolstoy's "Kreuzer So and ~

nata"); and in the third on narrative prose interrelating crime, disaster, and family issues, by Dostoevsky ("Crime and Punishment"), Alina Bronsky ("Baba Dunja's Last Love"), and Marlen Haushofer, "The Wall."

CENS 201 002Lecture2 Tue Thu15:3017:00

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CENS 201 003Lecture2 Tue Thu11:0012:30
CENS 201 004Lecture2 Tue Thu14:0015:30

European Magic Tales - This class is about the function of magic in folk and fairy tales in Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe. What is magic? Where does it come from? Why does it fascinate us? We will read and watch works from and inspired by German, Scandinavian, and Slavic folk and fairy tales to come to a better understanding of magic's existence in the world, its origins, functions, and potential.