UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEEE0020 Writing from the Other Europe

UCL Credits: 15

Total Learning Hours: 150

ECTS: 7.5

Level: 5


Term TBC

Module Coordinator: Dr Uilleam Blacker

Taught By: Dr Uilleam Blacker

To find out more about this module, please contact the Module Coordinator.

Weekly Contact Hours: 2.0 (2 hour seminar per week)
Prerequisites: None
Compulsory Module for:

Summative Assessment

Coursework Essay 2,500 words (80%) and 500 word book review (20%)

Formative Assessment

In-class presentation, followed by oral and written feedback

Module Outline

With the current challenges facing the European political project, there is no better moment to reconsider what Europe means. However, instead of looking at Europe through the traditional centres of political power (Brussels, Paris, Berlin), this module looks at Europe from the perspective of cultures of east-central Europe – from Belgrade, Budapest and Brno. Through lesser-known masterpieces of contemporary European literature and film, we will examine different ‘geopoetic’ concepts of Europe (Eastern Europe? Central Europe? A ‘kidnapped West’?), challenge the ‘east-west divide’, and explore the impact of communism and its aftermath on culture. Through this, we will approach a more nuanced understanding of what Europe is.


Indicative Texts

To be confirmed



Course Code



Fall Term affiliates As Above 7.5

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.