Belarusian Emigres Literature 3221-S2-0LE21W
The classes are devoted to discussing the beginning and development of the literary process in exile as well as to show the historical perspective (from the times of the Principality of Polotsk until these days) together with factors which would determine the decision to leave the country by citizens of Belarus (including wars, uprisings or massive repression), reasons for emigration (economic, political or religious) and attempts to fight back the process of integrating into a foreign environment. Particular waves of Belarusian emigration and literary works of their most prominent representatives are characterised with a special focus on highlighting the greatest wave of emigration after WWII, mainly to the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Great Britain or Argentina. An attempt is made to prove that the literature of Belarusian émigrés is an integral part of the contemporary literary process, which includes both achievements and works of poets, writers, journalists and critics, and that Belarusian literature in exile has developed into a significant phenomenon.
Type of course
Knowledge: the graduate understands and has an in-depth knowledge of
- subject and methodological characteristics of research in Belarusian studies as well as terminology used in this area;
- main theories of literary and language studies and linguistics-based research methodologies;
- basic trends in Belarusian studies;
- the role of Belarus in the modern world and its influence on the development of Belarusian literature and the Belarusian language;
- writers and poets of particular works of Belarusian literature, especially the ones written after the 80s of the 20th century;
- characteristics of Belarusian tradition in connection with methods of analysing and interpreting literary works;
- characteristics of Belarusian literature or the Belarusian language in connection with other languages or literature of other countries;
- the significance of émigrés for the development of Belarusian culture and the Belarusian language;
- culture of contemporary Belarus and culture of Russia or English-speaking countries.
Skills: the graduate can
- analyse literary works, using a variety of sources and methods as well as interpret their meaning;
- prepare comparative literary or linguistic analyses on his or her own, using relevant methods and research tools;
- recognise the most significant literary works of Belarusian, especially the ones written after the nineteen eighties and prepare critical analyses and interpretations;
- assess the role of the legacy of particular authors of Belarusian literature against the historical and literary background;
- use a broader terminology of literary studies in the process of analysing literary works;
- use research methods of various theoretical models while interpreting a literary work;
- present theories of researchers of Belarusian literature and the Belarusian language as well as draw conclusions about the development of the language and literature and present synthetic overviews;
- identify the role of specific historical events for the development of Belarusian literature and the Belarusian language in the context of European history;
- evaluate the role of Belarusian émigrés in shaping the language and literature as well as present conclusions, following the latest research in the area;
- individually gain knowledge and broaden his or her research skills as well as increase competencies for the professional career;
- provide relevant interpretations of the Belarusian idea of national independence and its influence on Belarusian social life;
- take active participation in group tasks, including the ones organised by organisations and institutions dealing with problems of Belarusian studies.
Social competencies: the graduate is ready to
- take active part in initiatives undertaken to preserve cultural heritage, including the heritage of Belarus;
- take regular part in cultural life, including the cultural life of Belarus, using various media and its forms.
- oral exam
- continuous evaluation
- evaluation of individual presentations
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