This course gives a broad
introduction to the cultures of the Estonians, Latvians, and
Lithuanians. Baltic literature will be studied in its historical context, exploring
the relation between people and culture in the Baltic
Encounter about fifteen leading cultural figures in
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and engage works they created.
Read four classic books by Baltic authors, analyze
these works in historical and cultural context
Develop skills for interpreting and writing about
Gain an appreciation and understanding of Estonian,
Latvian and Lithuanian cultures
Readings online or
handouts, as listed in the
Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Misadventures of the New
Satan (Norvik, 2009)
Agate Nesaule, A Woman in Amber (Penguin,
Ričardas Gavelis, Vilnius Poker (Open Letter
Tonu Onnepalu, Border State (Northwestern
University Press, 2000)
25% Class participation: discussions and quizzes
about reading assignments
25% Online participation / discussion of reading
(one post per week)
25% Review essay about one of the four books
discussed in this class
(6-10 pages), due
25% Final exam, March 15
(essay questions, as
discussed in class and online)
Come to class prepared to discuss the works assigned for that day:
Choose a passage in the assigned work that sparks
Formulate an analytical idea about the work, based on
Be prepared to present your ideas in class!
Class participation includes participation in online
Post your own ideas about assigned readings, and
respond to ideas posted by your colleagues.
You must initiate at least one online conversation.
Over the entire ten-week course, you should
contribute a total of at least ten posts to the class
discussion website (one per week).
The final exam
will test your knowledge of people and works we've encountered in class
notes as you prepare for each class discussion (see above), add to the
notes during class discussion, and study them for the final exam!
(6-10 pages), about one of the four books assigned for this class.
Introduce the author;
Summarize the content of the book;
Summarize what others have written about this book.
Using resources such as the MLA Index, Google Scholar, etc., find
reviews and analyses of the book. List these sources in a
“References quoted” section at the end of your essay.
Present your own, unique interpretation of the book.
You may agree or disagree with the persons you have mentioned in #2,
or you may look at the book from an entirely different perspective.
Include quoted passages to support your analysis.
(refer to pages in parentheses)
Create a title that captures the essence of your
Hand in the essay: Upload it at the
"Collect It" website.
A basic tip for excellence: If you haven't already done
so, take the online tutorial, "Research
101," at the UW Libraries website!