A quasi-mythical space, Central Europe has been home to Sacher-Masoch, Freud and Hitler. Focusing on literary modernities of Central Europe from the dissolution of the Habsburg empire to the contemporary rise of local nationalisms, this course examines Austrian, Czech, Hungarian, and Croatian modernist traditions, focusing on their co-implication with the history of war and ethnic conflict that defined the long twentieth century. Reading Kafka, Musil, Handke, Kundera, and others, we examine how themes of desire, destruction, and conflict related to the historical and social surroundings from which they emerged and how they helped shape not only literary but also political, philosophical, and sexual discourses that are still influential today.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMAS LCDFA HUMAR HUM
Section 01Topics in Comparative Literature
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