612013 VU Selected Topics of Literature and Culture and Their Conveyance: Family Stories in Slavic Literatures

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612013
VU Selected Topics of Literature and Culture and Their Conveyance: Family Stories in Slavic Literatures
VU 2
2,5
weekly
annually
German

The students are able to explain and evaluate themes and problems connected with the social institution of the family using the example of Russian, Polish and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian literature. They are familiar with the historical-social context of the analysed texts.

On the basis of a selected topic, the family, the specifics and differences between three Slavic literatures - mainly the Russian but also the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Polisch - and their historical context are examined.

With the revolution of 1917, the family was discredited as a socially relevant instance in Russia. This scepticism also affects literature: the family has to make room for a socialist collective. Older texts, on the other hand, such as Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina", show the classical freedoms and constraints of a family infected by the bourgeoisie. Whether and how family structures inscribe themselves again in Russian literature in the late 20th century will have to be investigated.

In the Balkans, on the other hand, the family, despite all socialism, is a power that has survived the centuries. Family stories feature prominently in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian literature in the 20th century. However, in the context of the Second World War and the recent Yugoslav wars, the family comes under literary scrutiny.

In Poland, too, the predominant religion, Catholicism, made the family a decisive social authority in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as in the present, and socialism was unable to significantly affect its position. In any case, family stories abound in Polish literature.


The seminar will focus on these differences as well as the similarities. Jewish family stories, for example, play an important role in all three literatures; indeed, it is the Jewish family that seems to suspend the concept of national literatures and defy the change of political systems.

Introductory lectures by the course leader, independent reading by the students, discussion, presentations.

Regular attendance, active participation in discussions, oral presentation, written essay

The selection of primary literature may change and/or be reduced depending on the interests and wishes of the students and the number of participants. Initially, the following texts are envisaged:

Lev Tolstoy "Anna Karenina"; Miroslav Krleža "Glembajevi" ("The Glembays"); Gabriela Zapolska "Moralność pani Dulskiej" ("The Morality of Mrs. Dulska"); Andrej Platonov "Vozvraščenie" ("Return"); Danilo Kiš "Bašta, pepeo" ("Garden, Ashes"); Natal'ja Baranskaja "Nedelja kak nedelja" (week after week"); Sławomir Mrożek "Tango"; Bora Ćosić "Uloga moje porodice u svetskoj revoluciji" ("The story of my family in the world revolution"); David Bezmozgi's "Roman Berman: Massage Therapist"; Aleksandar Hemon "Islands".

The primary literature is completed by the film "Komissar" ("The Commissioner") by Aleksandr Askol'dov, which is based on Vasilij Grosmann's story "V gorode Berdičeve".

1. BA-students: successful completion of compulsory module 11

2. LA-students (Curriculum 2015): successful completion of compulsory module 3

10.03.2022
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Date Time Location
Thu 2022-03-10
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2022-03-17
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2022-03-24
10.15 - 11.45 online (Slawistik) online (Slawistik)
Thu 2022-03-31
10.15 - 11.45 online (Slawistik) online (Slawistik)
Thu 2022-04-07
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2022-04-28
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2022-05-05
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2022-05-12
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2022-05-19
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2022-06-02
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2022-06-09
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2022-06-23
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free
Thu 2022-06-30
10.15 - 11.45 40406 40406 Barrier-free