Course: Literary theory

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Course title Literary theory
Course code KBO/4025
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
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
  • Tlustý Jan, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Basic issues of literary science from the current perspective 2. Questions of form and style: Russian formalism, new criticism 3. Semiotic bases, literary piece as a communicative mean: semiotics, structuralism 4. Aesthetic function: structuralistic perspective (J. Mukařovský, M. Jankovič) 5. History of literature in perspective of structuralism and receptive aesthetics (F. Vodička, H. R. Jauss) 6. History of literature in perspective of new historicism (S. Greenblatt, H. White) 7. History of literature in perspective of the synoptic-pulsatory model (P. Zajac, D. Tureček) 8. Reader: aesthetic response (W. Iser) and theory of interpretive communities (S. Fish) 9. Fiction: the theory of possible worlds (L. Doležel, M.-L. Ryanové, U. Eco, T. Pavel) 10. Literature and society (P. Bourdieu) 11. Literature, narrative and human mind: cognitive theory (J. Lakoff; M. Turner a D. Herman) 12. Literature and gender (J. Butler, E. Showalter) 13. Perspective on intermediality (L. Ellström, I. O. Rajewsky) 14. Final seminar, credit test, students' evaluation

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Subject follows lectures and seminars of "Introduction to the study of literature" and enroots basic terms and methods of literary science in the age of literary-scientific thinking. Basic terms and methodology are always presented in connection to particular movement or method; traditional approaches (formalism, structuralism, receptive aesthetics etc.) are reflected as well as current paradigms (the theory of possible worlds, new historicism, gender studies etc.). Attention will be devoted even to conceptions which grasp literature in wider cultural and inter-medial connections.
After finishing the seminar student will be able to: understand piece of art in communication process; orient in basic concepts of literary-scientific methodology of 20th century and current problems of literary science; apply literary-scientific terms and methodological bases while interpreting literary texts and explaining wider literary-scientific and cultural features.
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
  • Compagnon, A. Démon teorie. Literatura a běžné myšlení. Brno: Host, 2009.
  • Culler, J. Krátký úvod do literární teorie. Brno: Host, 2002.
  • Eagleton, T. Úvod do literární teorie. Praha: Triáda, 2005.
  • Haman A., Holý J., Papoušek V. Kritické úvahy o západní literární teorii. Praha: Arsci, 2006.
  • Iser, W. Jak se dělá teorie. Praha: UK, 2009.
  • Jedličková, A. - Fedrová, S. Intermediální poetika příběhu. Praha: Akropolis, 2011.
  • Jedličková A., Macura V. (eds). Průvodce po světové literární teorii. Brno: Host, 2013.
  • Mitoseková, Z. Teorie literatury. Brno: Host, 2010.
  • Müller, R. - Šidák, P. Slovník novější literární teorie. Praha: Academia, 2012.
  • Newton, K. Jak interpretovat text. Olomouc: Periplum, 2008.
  • Nünning, A. (eds.). Lexikon teorie literatury a kultury. Brno: Host, 2006.
  • Peterka, J. Teorie literatury pro učitele. Praha: MME Mercury Music & Enterteain, 2009.
  • Zima, P. V. Literární estetika. Olomouc: Votobia, 1998.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education Czech Language and Literature (A14) Philological sciences 2 Winter