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Department of Central Eurasian Studies

Transylvania: Vampires, Peasants, Ethnic Diversity and Conflict

What is the mystical aura behind the name “Transylvania”?
Who has told the story of this region, and how has it been told?

Regions Covered: 
Hungary
Course Code: 
R549
When Taught: 
Fall 2009

The Secret History of the Mongols

The Secret History of the Mongols is Mongolian’s great classic and one of the greatest pieces of history ever written. In this seminar we will read it slowly, exploring it from historical, textual (philological), source-critical, literary, ideological, folkloric, linguistic, and many other points of view. Students will write a seminar paper which will be critiqued by the class in the last two weeks of class.

Regions Covered: 
Mongolia
Historical Central Eurasia
Course Code: 
R760
When Taught: 
Spring 2012

Bela Bartok: Composer in Context

It is astonishing that The Miraculous Mandarin’s scenes of urban decay and the pastoral of Evening with the Székelys, the almost brutal dissonances of the First Piano Concerto and the gentleness of Mikrokosmos could come from the pen of one man: Béla Bartók (1881-1945), one of the most celebrated composers of the twentieth century and one of the founding fathers of the discipline of ethnomusicology.

Regions Covered: 
Hungary
Course Code: 
R642
When Taught: 
Fall 2009

Mongolian Literature and Folklore

This course carries COLL S & H distribution credit

The written and oral art of word, interaction of orality and writing. History of Mongol literary studies. Collections of monuments; internal and external sources. Broad and narrow concepts of literature. Periods and areas. Connections with other arts (music, drama, visual arts) and with the sacred.. Authorship and anonymity. Original and translated works. Indo-Tibetan, Chinese, Turkic and Western influences. Forms and functions. Prose and verse. Narrative and lyric genres. The Mongol verse.

Regions Covered: 
Mongolia
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gy%C3%B6rgy-kara
Course Code: 
R661

East Central European Cities in Comparative Perspective

This course uses readings from cultural history and urban sociology, literature, film, and the arts to shed light on the East-Central European urban experience from the early nineteenth century to the present. Cities in this region share a common experience of transformation of urban space from modernization in the late nineteenth century (mostly under foreign rule), independence and further development between the wars, rebuilding and expansion under state socialism and Soviet hegemony after WWII and new kinds of rebuilding and expansion since 1989.

Regions Covered: 
Hungary
Poland
Course Code: 
R547

Persian Literature in Translation

This course carries Culture Studies & A & H Distribution credit

Regions Covered: 
Iran
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/paul-losensky
Course Code: 
R544

Tibet and the West

This class carries Culture Studies credit & COLL S & H distribution credit

This course examines Western perceptions of Tibet during the past 700 years. It presents Tibetan history and culture during this period and compares Tibetan civilization with the popular concepts about Tibet that prevailed in the West during this same period. The modern Western view of Tibet as "Shangrila," reflected in such novels and films as Lost Horizon will be examined, as will Tibetan perceptions of Westerners and Western civilization.

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
Course Code: 
R571

The Tibetan Empire

This course focuses on the first fully historical, well recorded period of Tibetan history, during the Early Middle Ages, when the Tibetans dominated the Tibetan Plateau and a large part of Eurasia beyond.

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/christopher-i-beckwith
Course Code: 
R579

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