This spring, I am teaching a comparative course on The Political Novel, examining how literary form reacts to the pressures of ideology and political engagement. We'll be reading a wide variety of texts from the nineteenth century to the present day, including Aleksandr Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ivan Olbracht, Arthur Koestler, Milan Kundera, Ursula Le Guin, Joyce Carol Oates, and Colson Whitehead.
In fall 2020, I taught a freshman seminar, Reading the Novella: Form and Suspense in Short Fiction – an introduction to close reading and literary analysis at the college level, including texts from Leo Tolstoy, Alice Munro, Eileen Chang, Herman Melville, James Joyce, Bohumil Hrabal, and others. I also co-taught the course Document, Testimony, and Political Fictions with my colleague Justin Weir, a seminar that examined writers such as Solzhenitsyn, Alexievich, Kapuscinski, Kiš, Defoe, Poniatowska, Vargas Llosa and others, considering the interaction of fiction and document in testimonies about political violence.
Other courses taught:
- Humanities 10a: From Homer to Descartes
- Slavic 97. Tutorial — Sophomore Year
- Slavic 137: Prague Between Two Empires: Czech Culture from 1914 to 1948
- Slavic 198. Czech Literary Culture after World War II: Conference Course
- Slavic 230. Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Prague: A Cultural History
- Slavic 231. Czech Literary Culture, 1900-1945