Course: Literary work interpretation

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Course title Literary work interpretation
Course code KBO/4081
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
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. Literary text in its ambiguity; description, analysis, interpretation. 2. Structuralism. Artefact and aesthetic object. Concretization. 3. New criticism. Close reading. Intentional fallacy. 4. Reader-oriented theory. Interpretive communities, readerly and writerly text. 5. Marxism. New historicism. 6.-13. Collective interpretations of particular texts. 14. Final seminar, credit test, students' evaluation.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
In first couple of course lessons students familiarize with central paradigms of literary-interpretative methodology (arising from specialized texts reading), seminars in the second half of course focus almost exclusively on development of practical interpretative ability. Attention is gradually focused on interpretation of various literary genres (e.g. folk literature books, poetry of J. Vrchlický, K. Toman, V. Holan, short stories of J. Neruda and J. Škvorecký, cliftonky ("clifton stories") from Digital archive of popular literature of Institute of Czech Literature), whereas students mutually confront their explanations of meaning of literary text and they are collectively trying to find an interpretative field which would correspond to the "process of sense " of analysed pieces. Course members mutually familiarize with their observations, even hyper-interpretative, they are searching guarantees for their claims in the text, they are discussing their opinions. Credit is given for active participation in seminar + individual performance.
Absolvents of the course orient in selected methodological trends of 20th century which they do not understand as canonical dogmas but as intellectual constructs. Students understood basic terminology which they are able to use productively for their own interpretation of literary texts.
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
Recommended literature
  • Barthes, R. S/Z. Praha: Garamond, 2007.
  • Bílek, P. A. Hledání jazyka interpretace. Brno: Host, 2003.
  • Blažíček, P. Knihy o poezii. Praha: Triáda, 2011.
  • Eagleton, T. Úvod do literární teorie. Praha: Triáda, 2005.
  • Eco, U. Meze interpretace. Praha: Karolinum, 2004.
  • Fish, S. S úctou věnuje autor. Praha - Brno: ÚČL.
  • Hawkes, T. Strukturalismus a sémiotika. Brno: Host, 200.
  • Holý, J. Možnosti interpretace. Olomouc: Periplum, 2002.
  • Jankovič, M. Cesty za smyslem literárního díla. Praha: Karolinum, 2005.
  • Kožmín, Z. Umění básně. Brno: K 22a, 1990.
  • Mukařovský, J. Studie I-II. Brno: Host, 200.
  • Newton, K. Jak interpretovat text. Olomouc: Periplum, 2008.

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 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Czech Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer