Course: Versology

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Course title Versology
Course code KBO/4092
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-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
  • Harák Ivo, PaedDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Transformation of mother´s portrait in modern Czech poetry (Mácha, Erben, Neruda, Sládek, Březina, Seifert). 2. Fading of symbolism in poetry of Czech anarchism (Březina, Gellner). 3. Poem in prose as evidence of existencial feelings of poetic portrait (Deml, Halas). 4. Creativity involuntarily breaking chains of ideology (early Seifert, early Listopad). 5. Calender of cycles as portrait of changing context (Toman, Seifert). 6. Playfulness even sadness of poetism (Nezval: Abeceda, Seifert: Na vlnách TSF). 7. Czech surrealism and Slovakian over-realism - communicating vessels? (Nezval, Dilong). 8. Poetry of deepest questions and existencial anxiety (Halas, Holan). 9. Poetry as the last possibility of freedom - Jewish poets in Protectorate (Bonn, Orten, Daniel). 10. Word as sanctuary and even cradle of hope (Palivec, Hora). 11. New beginning - or even beginning of end? - poetry in reacts on war and situation soon after war (Seifert, Halas x Suchý, Slavík, Rotrekl). 12. Memory and tradition shows through palimpsest of ideology (Závada: Hrabovské rybníky). 13. Variable and permanent things in Czech dramatical lyrics (W+V, S+Š) 14. Closing seminar, appraisal of student´s work, class credits awards.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
This subject is focused on learning and interpretation of the most important characters of Czech poetry in first half of twentieth century. Students read, discuss about, interpretate, together compare and into larger context place poetry anthologies, compilations and texts which have origins in Czech Republic in that era; students learn about basic processes and methods of artistic text interpretation and even necessary terminology of this subject.
Students will learn to perceive and interpret poetic text. The will gain theoretical background for analytical and synthetic phase of the interpretive process, acquire skills for interpretation of a literary text, learn the use of secondary literature and literary criticism (in the examination of reader periodical reception of the text) and literary history (with adequate placement of art literary work into a broader historical context).
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
  • Červenka, M. a kol. Kapitoly z teorie literárního díla. Praha: ÚČL AV ČR, 1993.
  • Červenka, M. Dějiny českého volného verše. Brno: Host, 2001.
  • Červenka, M. Fikční světy lyriky. Praha - Litomyšl - Paseka, 2003.
  • Haman, A. Úvod do studia literatury a interpretace textu. Praha: H+H, 2004.
  • Harák, I. Básník a jeho čas. Praha: Printia, 2012.
  • Harák, I. Býýýt odněkud. Praha: Protis, 2010.
  • Hrabák, J. Poetika. Praha: SPN, 1977.
  • Kožmín, Z. - Trávníček, J. Na tvrdém loži z psího vína. Brno: Jota, 1996.
  • Kožmín, Z. Interpretace básní. Praha: SPN, 1986.
  • Macura, V. a kol.:. Slovník básnických knih. Praha: Čs. spisovatel, 1990.
  • Trávníček, J. Poezie poslední možnosti. Praha: TORST, 1999.

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