1. Course unit: Cultural history of modern and contemporary Central Europe

Nr. of credits: 5

Course type: lecture, Nr. in the semester: 60

Commitment: examination mark

Place of course in the curriculum: 1st semester

Preliminary study terms:

Course description:

The lecture course focuses on the culture, and primarily the literature of the Central European region in the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning from the Romantic period and ending with Postmodernism. The course will devote special emphasis to the following dates: 1776/1789, 1848, 1867/1878/1881, 1918, 1945, 1948, 1956/1968 and 1989 to reflect upon their impact on the cultures and literatures of the region. Out of the literary genres, the course will mostly reflect upon prose pieces. Beside giving an outline of the individual literatures of the various nations, the course also aims to trace the possible connections between the literary forms encountered. Structure of the Semester: 1. Introduction to the Course, the Aims and Methods of Comparative Literature, the Central European Region; 2. Hungarian Culture and Literature in the 19th Century I.; 3. Hungarian Culture and Literature in the 19th Century II.; 4. Polish, Czech, and Slovakian Culture and Literature in the 19th Century; 5. Romanian, Serbian and Croatian Culture and Literature in the 19th Century; 6. Austrian Culture and Literature in the 19th Century; 7. German Culture and Literature in the 19th Century; 8. Hungarian Culture and Literature in the 20th Century I.; 9. Hungarian Culture and Literature in the 20th Century II.; 10. Polish, Czech, and Slovakian Culture and Literature in the 20th Century; 11. Romanian, Serbian and Croatian Culture and Literature in the 20th Century; 12. Austrian Culture and Literature in the 20th Century; 13. German Culture and Literature in the 20th Century; 14. Concluding the Course.

3–5 most important obligatory and recommended literature (books, textbooks) with the bibliographical data:

– Obligatory:

Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven (ed.): Comparative Central European Culture. West Lafayette, Purdue UP, 2002. (ISBN 9781557532404)

Cornis-Pope, Marcel – Neubauer, John: Towards a History of the Literary Cultures in East-Central Europe. Theoretical Reflections. American Council of Learned Societies, 2002. (ISSN 1041-536X.)

Wandycz, P. S.: The Price of Freedom. A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present. London, Routledge, 1992. (ISBN 978-0415254915.)

 

– Recommended:

Wolff, L.: Inventing Eastern Europe. The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment. Stanford UP, 1994. (ISBN 9780804727020.)

Cornis-Pope, Marcel – Neubauer, John (ed.): History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe. Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Vol. II-III. Amsterdam, John Benjamins Publishing, 2004. (ISBN 90 272 3453 1)

Course director: Dr. Gyapay, László Associate Professor, PhD

Participating teacher: Dr. Somogyi, Gyula Senior Lecturer, PhD