Course: An Introduction to the Study of Literature I

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Course title An Introduction to the Study of Literature I
Course code KBO/4065
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
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
  • Koten Jiří, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Definition of literature; nature of literature. 2. Function of literature. 3. Literature as a sign. 4. Speech acts and literature. 5. Literary science: theory - history - critics. 6. Literary and scientific methodologies. 7. Literary types and genres. Epic. 8. Novel and epic poetry. Genre variations, middle and minor epic. 9. Lyric genres. 10. Drama genres. 11. History of literature - terms of the era, literary movements, literary groups. 12. Literary historiography. 13. Basic guides, magazines, institutions. 14. Final seminar, credit test, student assessment.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Lectures and seminars give students basic information about general questions of literary science. It informs about definition of literature, description of its nature (through terms, for example the aesthetic, fictionality, intertextuality, poetic language, symbolism etc.) and clarification of its functions. Students learn basic knowledge about problems, structure and terminology of literary science which will be useful for the further study of (esp. Czech) literature. Examination has a written form.
Students understand problems of the study of literature; know its specification in the system of arts; can structuralize the system of literature threw proper terminological funds; adopt basic knowledge of the field of literary theory and history, understand changes in the subject according to social and cultural contexts. Students also know sources of literary knowledge (basic academic literature, specialized magazines, libraries, archives).
knowledge of the field on the level of GCSE exam knowledge of disciplines connected to the central domain of study knowledge of appropriate terminology

Assessment methods and criteria
attendance activity presentation test semestral essay
Recommended literature
  • Culler, J. Krátký úvod do literární teorie. Brno: Host, 2002.
  • Eco, U. O literatuře. Praha: Argo, 2004.
  • Haman, A-. Úvod do studia literatury a interpretace díla. Jinočany: H+H, 2004.
  • Iser, W. Jak se dělá teorie. Praha: Karolinum,, 2009.
  • Jedličková, A. - Macura, V. (eds.). Průvodce po světové literární teorii. Brno: Host, 2013.
  • Koten, J. Jak se fikce dělá slovy. Brno: Host, 2013.
  • Mocná, D. - Peterka, J. Encyklopedie literárních žánrů. Praha - Litomyšl: Paseka, 2004.
  • Müller, R. - Šidák, P. Slovník novější literární teorie. Praha: Academia, 2012.
  • Nünning, A. (eds.). Lexikon teorie literatury a kultury. Brno: Host, 2006.
  • Peterka, J. Teorie literatury pro učitele. Praha: MME Mercury Music & Enterteain, 2009.
  • Petrů, E.:. Úvod do studia literární vědy. Olomouc: Rubiko, 2000.
  • Šidák, P. Úvod do studia genologie. Praha: Akropolis, 2013.

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): Czech Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Czech Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter