Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NEW 2nd 8-week course: Space, Culture & Identity in Central Europe

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures has announced a new course being offered 2nd 8-weeks this semester:

SLAV-T230 (Topics in Slavic Literatures & Cultures) – 3 credits

Space, Culture, and Identity in Central Europe

#37060, 5:30-8:30 pm Mondays & Wednesdays, KH 212, Second Eight Weeks Only

COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit and COLL (CASE) Global Civilization & Culture credit

Instructor:  Joanna Nizynska

This class explores cultural history, key motifs, and myths and stereotypes that have defined "Central European" urban centers and their surrounding regions. We will explore the cities whose often convoluted history was shaped by their multiple cultural influences and hybrid ethnic and political identities. We will trace cultural blueprints of urban experience as they emerge in long stretches of history as well as crystalize in formative historical moments. Through  readings in cultural history, urban anthropology,  and sociology, and through works of literature, art, and film pertaining to such cities as Cluj, Prague, Budapest, Gdansk, and Trieste (in contemporary Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Italy respectively), we will examine to what extent their commonalities and differences validate the umbrella term labeling them as "Central European." Note: All readings in English.

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