Polish Culture from 1795 to the present
Polish culture and history explored largely through works of literature, especially poetry, historical readings, and several post-1945 films with based on seminal works of Polish literature or dealing with important historical events. Readings and films in Polish. Focus on Polish struggles for independence and full autonomy (the latter in the communist period 1945-1989), the growth of the modern Polish nation, the role of the Catholic Church, ethnic issues (in particular the Jews in Polish culture), gender issues, the changing self-image of Poles, dissident and Solidarity movement, and current events in post-communist Poland as a member of the European Union. One course.