2nd 8 weeks: Seats available: Polish Film (SLAV-P366) and Rock Against the State (SLAV-S 149)

Posted: October 3, 2012 by IUsec in Uncategorized



F2012: 2nd 8 weeks

MW 4-6 pm; mandatory film screenings: MW 6-8 pm carries CASE A&H, CASE GCC

Instructor: Prof. Justyna Beinek


Kieslowski, Polanski, Wajda, Holland – these Polish directors have achieved worldwide acclaim through their original ways of seeing the world through the camera lens.  But there is much more to explore in post-war Polish cinema.  Films of the “Polish School” often represented the experience of World War II and Stalinism; the “cinema of moral unrest” focused on moral choices of an individual; and many superb comedies were created as a response to the absurdity of everyday life under communism.  After the fall of communism in 1989, Polish cinema turned toward new topics (homelessness, child abuse, drug culture) and genres/styles (pop culture action flicks, gangster movies).  Once dominated by a handful of established directors, Polish cinema today dazzles with many talented filmmakers such as Kolski, Szumowska, Kedzierzawska, Trzaskalski, Glinski, Jakimowski, Fabicki, Palkowski, Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze, Dumala, and Baginski.





Seats still available for Rock Against the State (SLAV-S149)!





Rock Against the State:

    The Czechoslovak and American Countercultures of the 1960s and 1970s

F2012: 2nd 8 weeks: MW 4-6:30 pm


Instructor: Dr. Craig Cravens, Dept. of Slavic Languages & Literatures

“It wasn’t all those atomic weapons, and facing them down, and all that big bullshit.  What finally crumbled the wall was the f*ckin’ music, man.  You cannot stop it.  It is the most subversive thing … You can build a wall to stop people, but eventually the music—it’ll get across that wall.

—Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones

“Did you know that I am president because of you?”

—Czechoslovak President Václav Havel to an astonished Lou Reed


In 1968, protest movements broke out all over the world—in the United States, France, Mexico, and Czechoslovakia.  This course is an interdisciplinary investigation of the cultural and political phenomenon of dissent in two extremely different cultures—the capitalist United States and communist East-Central Europe, primarily Czechoslovakia.  In the United States people rebelled against capitalism, in Czechoslovakia against communism.  What was common between these respective rebellions was a distaste for authoritarianism in any form.  The rebels in both countries rejected institutions, political parties, and political leaders.

Using sources ranging from political essays to novels, music, film, and drama, students will explore the development of the ideas and ideals of the oppositional movements of these two cultures.

The course presupposes no background and will provide whatever framework is necessary to deal with the major issues being considered.


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