Course: Comparative literature

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Course title Comparative literature
Course code KBO/4053
Organizational form of instruction 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-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
  • Tlustý Jan, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Comparative literature as a literary discipline I (history, basic methods, Paul Van Tieghem) 2.Comparative literature as a literary discipline II: revision of basic concepts, especially the concept of "national literature" 3. Comparative literature as a discipline of literary III: synoptic-pulsating background (P. Zajac, D. Tureček) 4. Decadence in the Czech and world literature 5. Poetics of naturalism 6. avant-garde movements I 7. avant-garde movements II 8. Surrealism I 9. Surrealism II 10. Existentialism:Czech and French 11. Experimental procedures in the Czech and world novel I 12. Experimental procedures in the Czech and world of the novel II 13. Middle european novel 14. Closing seminar, test, assessment of students

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
This course introduces the basic techniques and methods of comparative thinking and encourages students to think about Czech literature in transnational and also in intermediate contexts; objective will be to overcome the insulating especially the concept of "national literature" and offer concepts that emphasize the non-linear and pulsatile nature of literary events. Emphasis is placed on working with a particular material, particularly with regard to the history of Czech literature in 20th century.; reflected the relations Czech literature to other national literatures, as well as the visual arts, film, music and others.
Finishing the course the student will be able to: understand the basic methods of comparative thinking; understand the current state of comparative literature as a discipline and its development; apply methodological basis of comparative thinking when explaining literary phenomena and also in the interpretation of particular literary works (focusing on czech literature). Student will also understand czech literature in a transnational context and within the broader context of art history.
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
  • Bahr, E. Dějiny německé literatury III. Praha: Karolinum, 2007.
  • Bauer, A. Cesty výtvarného umění. Jihlava: Astera G, 1996.
  • Corbineau-Hoffmannová, A. Úvod do komparatistiky. Praha: Akropolis, 2007.
  • De Michelli, M. Umělecké avantgardy 20. stol.. Praha: SNKLU, 1964.
  • Lagarde, M. Francouzská literatura 19. století. Praha: Garamond, 2008.
  • Papoušek,V. a kol.:. Dějiny nové moderny. Praha: Academia, 2010.
  • Pavelka, J., Pospíšil, I. Slovník epoch, směrů, skupin a manifestů. Brno: Georgetown, 1993.
  • Pechar, J. Dvacáté století v zrcadle literatury. Praha: Filosofia, 1999.
  • Svatoň, V. Román v souvislostech času. Úvahy o srovnávací literární vědě. Praha: Malvern, 2009.
  • Tureček, D. (ed.). Národní literatura a komparatistika. Brno: Host, 2009.

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 3 Winter