Slavic Languages and Literatures 39N, Section 1

Literature in a God-forsaken World (3 units, LG) SEATS AVAILABLE

Professor Djordje Popovic
Wednesday 2:00-4:00, 254 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 30368

This seminar is designed as a brief history of the idea of God as told through literature. As such, the seminar will tell a story of what is arguably one of the most important human creations: the idea of a transcendent being. We will read selections from the books of Genesis and Job in the Hebrew Bible; from The Brothers Karamazov, a nineteenth-century masterpiece of Russian and World Literature by Fyodor Dostoevsky; from Albert Camus’ philosophical novel The Fall; and from Saša Stanišić’s How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, a moving contemporary work of transnational literature.

The seminar is open to all freshmen and sophomores, and it will appeal in particular to students interested in studying the humanities, Slavic and comparative literature, philosophy, and global studies. All readings are in English.

Instructor Bio

Djordje Popović is Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley. He teaches courses in South Slavic literature, critical social theory, and the literature of exile. He works on the relationship between politics and aesthetics, and his current research is focused on the concept of statelessness in Second-World literature. Professor Popović is a first-generation immigrant from one of those countries that doesn’t exist anymore.

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Breadth Information

This seminar may be used to satisfy the Arts and Literature or Philosophy and Values breadth requirement in Letters and Science.