Course code LitZ3124
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
4 6 64 24 40 96
E-courses LitZ3124: History of Latvian Literature (1920-1940)
Course annotation
The course deals with the development of Latvian literature from the 20s of the XX century until 1945. This is the time of the independent Republic of Latvia, the first period of the Soviet occupation and the years of Nazi occupation. The course reflects the development of Latvian literature of the period with emphasis on the most important literary phenomena. Particular attention is given to literary trends and genres in the context of European literary trends. The course discusses the most relevant examples of literary genres and types, as well as the most outstanding personalities.
On successful completion of the course students
1)are able to demonstrate deeper knowledge of Latvian literary history;
2)can analyze and interpret the literary phenomena of this period;
3)use scientific terms and concepts of literary theory;
4)are able to compare and assess critically a variety of literary phenomena;
5)can participate in reasoned debate about Latvian literature.

Course plan
1.Cultural context of Latvia in the 20s and 30s of the XX century. Periodicals. Literary groups. Trends. – lectures – 6 hours, seminars - 8 hours
2.The diversity of Latvian novels. – lectures – 4, seminars - 8
3.Latvian poetry: the traditional and innovative – lectures - 4, seminars - 6
4.Latvian short fiction: story, novel, essay, description – lecture - 2, seminars - 8
5.Latvian drama: comedy, tragedy, drama – lectures - 4, seminars - 6
6.The first Soviet year – lecture - 2 hours
7.Latvian literature during Nazi occupation – lecture - 2, seminar - 4

Requirements for obtaining credit points
1.Written examination (test) about Latvian literary works and main literary trends – 30%.
2.Test about Latvian literary groups, trends, genres, etc. – 40 %.
3.Report and a presentation about the works discussed in the course – 30%.
4.Participation in seminars (at least 75 % of classes).

Study programmes Baltic Philology