Course: Narratology

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Course title Narratology
Course code KBO/4090
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
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
  • Koten Jiří, doc. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Narrative - definition and qualities. 2. Models of basic distinction. 3. Story, plot, fullness of plot. 4. Common interpretation aimed at story analysis. 5. Narrative and narrative situation (Stanzel). 6. Doležel's theory of narrative modes. 7. Narrative situation: voice and focalization (Genette). 8. Common interpretation aimed at mode of narration analysis. 9. Narrative temporality. 10. Common interpretation aimed at narrative temporality analysis. 11. Fictionality - theories and approaches. 12. Fictional worlds as possible worlds. 13. Common interpretation aimed at fictional world analysis. 14. Final seminar, credit test, students' evaluation. Credit is given for active participation in seminar and an essay in which knowledge of the topics covered in the seminar is demonstrated; student interprets independently selected belletristic text (approximate range: 1200 words).

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Seminar provides basic information about theory of literary narration. The aim of the course is to get student who is preparing for the teaching profession mastered the concepts through which it is possible to describe a narrative text and its effects. Work in the seminar takes place on the background of the common reading of selected texts of Czech literature (mostly short stories of - Macha, K. Čapek, Vancura, M. Kundera etc). The course expands students' existing knowledge of an Introduction to the study of literature; with regard to the expansion course Narratology II is however taken as a base; it focuses primarily on the central categories of narrative analysis.
Student acquires terminology and analytical tools for the description, analysis and interpretation of narrative; uses appropriate terminology; understand the basic theoretical concepts and he is also capable of independent usage. Student understands the narrative as a cognitive artifact also as an instrument of ideological practices that can even refer on the outside and it is capable of showing the "history" and the fiction. Student can see as an carrier of the memory etc.
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
  • Bílek, P. A. Hledání jazyka interpretace. Brno: Host, 2003.
  • Doležel, L. Fikce a historie v období postmoderny. Praha: Academia, 2008.
  • Doležel, L. Heterocosmica. Fikce a možné světy. Karolinum, Praha, 2003. ISBN 80-246-0735-2.
  • Doležel, L. Narativní způsoby v české literatuře. Praha: Český spisovatel, 1993.
  • Fořt, B. Úvod do sémantiky fikčních světů. Brno: Host, 2005.
  • Chatman, S. Příběh a diskurs. Brno: Host, 2008.
  • Koten, J. Jak se fikce dělá slovy. Brno: Host, 2013.
  • Kubíček, T. Vypravěč. Beno: Host, 2008.
  • Propp, V. J. Morfologie pohádky a jiné studie. Jinočany: H+H, 1999.
  • Rimmonová- Kenanová, S. Poetika vyprávění. Brno: Host, 2001.
  • Stanzel, F. K. Teorie vyprávění. Praha: Odeon, 1988.
  • Šklovskij, V. Teorie prózy. Praha: Akropolis, 2003.

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 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Czech Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter