Course: Literature of The Commonwealth

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Course title Literature of The Commonwealth
Course code KAJ/4076
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Čapek Jan, Mgr. Bc. Ph.D.
  • Kolinská Klára, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
This subject brings further information about the authors writing within a wider zone of the British Commonwealth of Nations and provides students with a survey of its postcolonial development. Students thus will be exposed to various ways of seeing reality in different countries of the world, they will get acquainted , by means of rich reading poetry, fiction and drama, with the most interesting and important representatives of postcolonial writing, with a great number of postmodern procedures, devices and streams (magical realism, postcolonial feminism and some other ). Among the authors selected and recommended for this course will be for instance Kazuo Ishiguro and Salman Rushdie, but our attention will be paid to authors writing their works in Canada, New Zealand, the African continent, in India or the Caribbean (Jean Rhys with her novel Wide Sargasso Sea, selected poems of Derek Walcott, Wole Soyinka and modern African drama, Nigerian fiction represented by Chinua Achebe and his novel The Things Fall Apart, etc.). Among other authors it is possible to name Nadine Gordimer, J. M. Coetzee (Disgrace or Waiting for the Barbarians), Margaret Atwood (one novel, The Handmaid's Tale, or poetry and essays), Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient) V.S. Naipaul and Patrick Voss. Some of the materials planned to work with in this course can be also studied in the form of films or videos, in particular if these works have been transferred into this medium at a high quality.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This elective course completes a wide range of literary subjects/courses offered from the first to the third year of the BC studies (i.e. English literature for Children and Youth, British literature 1-3 and American Literature 1-2). Thus it fills in the gap in literary subjects which cannot be incorporated in obligatory subjects of this programme and at the same time complements the block of British and American Cultural Studies ).
The competences acquired in this course: At the end of the course students will be able to - place individual authors and their works into the stream of literary development; - grasp main ideas from the text and discuss them in the classroom - distinguish main features of national identity depicted in the selected text; - reveal problems hidden in the studied texts, i.e. those expressed in a symbolic, magic realist manner, or in any other ways and forms; - incorporate the acquired knowledge in the whole literary conception; - apply theoretical knowledge and the knowledge of literary theory acquired in the previous modules of literary studies to further analysis and interpretation of literary works of the period of post colonialism - prepare an individual or team project and thus strengthen competences of social character.
Main Pre-Requisites: - students´ interest in literature and their ability to read a larger quantity of literary texts for seminars - ability to use interpretative skills - application of higher-order thinking skills - take part in debates

Assessment methods and criteria
as defined by the teacher
Recommended literature
  • Ashcroft, B., & Gareth G. Post-colonial studies the key concepts. London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Ashcroft, B., Gareth G. & Tiffin,H. The empire writes back: theory and practice in post-colonial literatures. London: Routledge, 1989.
  • Howells, C. A. The Cambridge companion to Margaret Atwood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Said, E. Orientalism.. New York: Vintage Books, 1994.
  • Said, E. Orientalismus.. Brno: Paseka, 2006.
  • Slemon, S. Allegory and empire: counter-discourse in post-colonial writing.. London: Routledge, 1998.
  • Tiffin, H. et all. The post-colonial studies reader. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge, 2005.
  • Ward, S. British culture and the end of empire. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2001.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): English Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): English Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): English Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Summer