Guntis I. Smidchens
Cultures and peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Baltic literature, music, art, and film in social and historical context. Traditional contacts with Scandinavia and Central and East Europe. Offered: jointly with SCAND 345.
This course gives a broad introduction to the cultures of the Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians. Baltic literature, music, art and film will be studied in their historical context, exploring the relation between people and culture in the Baltic States.
Student learning goals
To gain an appreciation and understanding of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian literature, art and music from the point of view of people in the Baltic
To investigate the connections between history and culture, using the Baltic region as an example.
To introduce critical approaches to cultural analysis, and to improve skills for interpreting and writing about culture.
General method of instruction
Reading, discussion, lecture
Class assignments and grading
reading & analytical essays
Independent research 50% Contributions to class discussions 25% Final Exam 25%