Literature played an important role in 20th century European socialism as a force of public education, a medium of ideology, and a means of communicating dissident ideas. In this unit we study the policy of socialist realism and the literary cultures that developed in the socialist and dictatorial environments of Central and Eastern Europe. Attention will be paid to the role of the intelligentsias, to censorship, and to problems of dissidence and free expression in authoritarian, closed, and totalitarian societies.
1x2hr lecture-seminar/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x 1000wd written assignment (15%), 1x 3500wd research essay (75%), x class participation (10%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in European Studies