Polish Literature:
From 1863 to the Present

University of Michigan

Polish 426

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Winter 1993
Instructor: Dr. Bogdana Carpenter

Required Readings:

Boleslaw Prus, The Doll
Stefan Zeromski, The Ashes (Vol. 1, Part 1)
St. I. Witkiewicz, The Shoemakers
Bruno Schulz, The Street of Crocodiles
Witold Gombrowicz, Cosmos
Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen (selected stories)
Miron Bialoszewski, A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising
Czeslaw Milosz, Postwar Polish Poetry, The Captive Mind
Slawomir Mrozek, Tango
COURSEPACK 426 (Polish 426) Recommended Readings: Henryk Sienkiewicz, With Fire and Sword, The Deluge, Pan Michael
Wladyslaw Reymont, The Peasants
Witold Gombrowicz, Cosmos, The Marriage
Jerzy Andrzejewski, Ashes and Diamonds, The Inquisitors
Marek Hlasko, The Graveyard
Tadeusz Konwicki, A Dreambook for Our Time, The Polish Complex
Czeslaw Milosz, The Issa Valley, Selected Poems, Bells in Winter, The Separate Notebooks, Unattainable Earth
Tadeusz Rozewicz, The Survivor, Selected Poems
Zbigniew Herbert, Selected Poems, Report from the BesiegedCity

Weekly Schedule of Lectures:

  1. Positivism, 1863-1900: historical and cultural background. Novel: Eliza Orzeszkowa
  2. Novel: Boleslaw Prus and Henryk Sienkiewicz
  3. Young Poland, 1900-1918: historical and cultural background. Literary programs: S. Przybyszewski. Poetry of K. Tetmajer, J. Kasprowicz
  4. Poetry of L. Staff and B. Lesmian
  5. Drama: Stanislaw Wyspianski
  6. Novel of Young Poland: W. Reymont, W. Berent, K. Irzykowski
  7. Novel: Stefan Zeromski
  9. Independent Poland, 1918-1939: historical and cultural background. Poetry: Skamander
  10. Avant-garde poetry. Drama: St. I. Witkiewicz
  11. Novel: Bruno Schulz and Witold Gombrowicz
  12. War and Postwar Poland, 1939 to present: historical and cultural background. War Literature: T. Borowski, A. Rudnicki, A. Swirszczynska and T. Rozewicz
  13. Poetry of Czeslaw Milosz, Miron Bialoszewski and Zbigniew Herbert
  14. Novel: Jerzy Andrzejewski
    Drama: Slawomir Mrozek
  15. Literature of the seventies and eighties

Papers and Exams:

Two short papers, midterm and final examination.

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