Course: Introduction to Literature

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Course title Introduction to Literature
Course code KAJ/4115
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
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. Ph.D.
  • Kolinská Klára, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Literary science and its parts. Historical development of the theory of literature. 2. Language of literary works 3. Language of poetry 4. Rhythm, metre; rhyme and its functions 5. The main prosodic systems 6. Introduction to the study of fiction 7. The novel and its composition 8. Types of novels. Characters 9. Other elements of fiction 10. Drama and its composition 11. Genres I, their division; main lyric genres 12.Genres II, main kinds of epic genres 13. The 20th century literary and critical theory

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 42 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the subject is to develop basic knowledge in literary theory students have obtained at secondary school. They learn terminology in English and practise it during analyses of literary texts representing poetry, fiction and drama.
At the end of this one-semester course students will get acquainted with: - basic literary terminology and its use in poetry, fiction and drama; - types and groups of genres; They learn to define and distinguish individual literary devices and analyse and interpret texts with the help of literary terminology; They also learn about the role of imagination and creativity and make attempts to write short literary/poetic texts ( a short story; mini-sagas; haiku poetry, limericks, cinquains; mini-sagas, etc.)
Regular attendance of lectures is recommended. At the end of each lecture a series of tasks will be assigned for regular preparation for the final colloquy.

Assessment methods and criteria
- Students of the combined form of study will prove the same knowledge in the final colloquy.
Recommended literature
  • Abrams, M. H. A glossary of literary terms. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers, 1999.
  • Bennett, A., & Royle, N. An introduction to literature, criticism and theory. London: Prentice Hall Europe, 1999.
  • Bertens, J. W. Literary theory: the basics. London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Cuddon, J. A., & Preston, C. A dictionary of literary terms and literary theory. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1998.
  • Eagleton, M. Feminist literary theory: a reader. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1997.
  • Pickering, J. H., & Hoeper, J. D. Concise companion to literature. New York: Macmillan, 1994.
  • Wellek, R., & Warren, A. Theory of literature. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1987.

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 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter