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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.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

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In-Person Attendance
CENS 202 001Lecture1In-Person Tue Thu15:3017:00

Bad Feelings: The Literary Lives of Anger, Boredom, and Jealousy.

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 media contexts of industrial and post-industrial modernity.

CENS 202 002Lecture2In-Person Mon Wed Fri13:0014:00Yes
CENS 202 003Lecture1Online Tue Thu14:0015:30

This course discusses narratives of belonging and non-belonging from a decentred point of view. We review the colonial context of European identity by reading fairy tales (Andersen), cover Jewish experiences around WWI (Kafka, Roth) and how Germany dealt with the Holocaust after 1945 (Schlink). We also look at Europe from the East by focusing on post-communist Europe and the "Balkan" region (Drakulic, Swartz), as well as by exploring journalistic writings and documentaries that deal with the EU extension in 2004. We will further question where Europe begins, ends, and where its centre could be located, culturally and geographically.

This course is taught in English and designed to strengthen critical-thinking by comparing texts and film adaptations from different countries and periods. All course material is in English. There are no prerequisites. Major texts are available as ebooks. A reader with additional sources will be available on UBC Canvas. The course follows a hybrid structure of online instruction: All assignments for the asynchronous parts and all lecture notes (ppt) of the synchronous lessons will be posted on Canvas.

CENS 202 004Lecture1In-Person Tue Thu11:0012:30Yes
CENS 202 005Lecture1In-Person Mon Wed Fri13:0014:00Yes
CENS 202 006Lecture2In-Person Tue Thu14:0015:30Yes