Course: British Literature 3

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Course title British Literature 3
Course code KAJ/4144
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + 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
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
  • Kyllar Václav, Mgr. Bc.
  • Kolinská Klára, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
This subject is focused on the history and development of the 20th-century British literature. It is based on students´ reading of selected literary works, extracts from selected novels and plays written by the most important representatives of modernism and postmodernism. Its aim is to make a survey of the most important contemporary trends, for instance multiculturalism, feminism, magical realism, etc.)

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 42 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The main aim: to learn about cultural plurality of 20th century British literature, to apply methodological backgrounds of literary analysis to various genre types. Students are also expected to understand and evaluate literary works.
At the end of this literary module students will be able to - analyse and interpret - to present the knowledge acquired in lectures and seminars and prove their knowledge in the 20th century literature; - place individual authors in certain periods of development and define the main trends of the 20th century literary development (Modernism, Postmodernism, Post colonialism, Magical realism, etc) - discuss individual authors and their representative works and clearly assess at least one novel, drama or collection of poetry that has been selected for deeper analysis and interpretation; - express their ideas fluently and critically making use of critical literature - improve themselves in the development of critical thinking, communicative and interpretative skills; - place individual literary works into the proper political, economic and cultural context of the given period of literary development; - compare literary works and assess them at the proper critical level (they will make use of literary terminology); - prove their awareness of literary terminology in essays and at least two tests per semester; - apart from the acquired knowledge and skills (such as interpretation and analysis of lit. texts) students will also prove basic creative skills.
Students come to this course with basic knowledge of literary theory and fundamental skills to analyse and interpret literary texts which have been acquired in the previous courses (British Literature 1, Literature for Children and Youth in the English Language) They are expected to write essays and make use of team work.

Assessment methods and criteria
The latest/current requirements are listed under the teacher profile on the English Department web site.
Recommended literature
  • Abrams, M. H. The Norton anthology of English literature. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000.
  • Alexander, M. A history of English literature. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Carter, R., & McRae, J. The Routledge history of literature in English Britain and Ireland. London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Daiches, D. Critical history of English literature. London: Secker and Warburg, 1970.
  • Head, D. The Cambridge guide to literature in English. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Head, D. The Cambridge introduction to modern British fiction, 1950-2000. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Marcus, L. Cambridge history of twentieth-century English literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

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 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer