This course is designed to focus on literary movements like humanism, existentialism and absurdism in the twentieth century European literature, mainly fiction, with special attention to the key literary figures like Albert Camus and Frantz Kafka. Students will has some ideas about humanism, existentialism and absurdism through different dimensions of cross-cultural reading, differences between individual responses and politically socio-economic circumstances. They can be able to focus on characteristics of modern European literature, mainly fiction, on the multiplicity of layered meanings by a close textual analysis of poetic works of the poets associated with humanism, existentialism and absurdism, and also on the relationship between literary texts’ stylistic features and poets’ socio-political outlooks on cultural issues in the modern European literary tradition.

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