Course: Methods of literary science

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Course title Methods of literary science
Course code KBO/4118
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Master
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
  • Koten Jiří, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction 2. Russian Formalism ( Gogol: The Overcoat / Eichenbaum: The Structure of Gogol's" The Overcoat") 3. Poetic of composition (Pushkin: The Shot / Petrovskij: Morphology of Pushkin's "The Shot") 4. Theory of novel by M. Bachtin (Dostoyevsky: Bobok / Bachtin: Problems of Dostoevsky's Art) 5. Prague structuralism (Hlaváček: Poems / Mukařovský: Poetry of K. Hlaváček) 6. Structuralism (Baudelaire: The Cats / Jakobson, Levi-Strauss: Baudelaire´s "The Cats") 7. Narrative Grammar ( Boccaccio / Todorov: Grammar of Narrative) 8. Analyses of narrative (Nerval: Sylvia / Eco: The Mists of the Valois) 9. Narrative ways (Vančura: Good measure, Čapek: Stories from second pockets / Doložel: Two modern narrators) 10. Psychoanalyses ( E. T. A. Hoffmann: The Sandman / Freud: Something Oppressive) 11. Post-structuralism ( Balzac: Sarrasine / Barthes: S/Z) 12. New Historicism (Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice / Greenblatt: Laughing at the Scaffold) 13. Semantics of poetry (Poetry of J. Skácel / Kožmín: The art of poem) 14. Final test

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
The subject deepens interpretation competence of students that prepare themselves to become teachers. Seminar´s based on methods of work with a text. It works with literary text and theoretical text connected with the literary one. The basic aim of a subject is to teach students analytical and interpretation methods, to show from what perspectives theoretical movements and groups approach texts. The point is not to fully introduce every single movement of theory of literature, but to deepen student´s knowledge and skills. Students study the ways of analyses, description and explanation of a literary text; they study what "ideological" thesis, tools and terminology to use. Secondarily they get information about changes and development of thinking about literature. The written examination at the end of the seminar focuses mainly on terminology.
Graduates of this course are oriented in selected mothodological trends of 20th century. They understood the basic terminology which they are able to use for describing, analysing and interpreting literary texts. Students are aware of the problematic behavior of the different approaches and sub categories, they are able to independently think more than the presented "canonical" interpretation.
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
  • Bachtin, M. Dostojevskij umělec. Praha: Československý spisovatel, 1971.
  • Barthes, R. S/Z. Praha: Garamond, 2007.
  • Doležel, L. Narativní způsoby v české literatuře. Praha: Český spisovatel, 1993.
  • Eco, U. O literatuře. Praha: Argo, 2004.
  • Ejchenbaum, B. Jak je udělán Gogolův plášť a jiné studie. Praha: Triáda, 2013.
  • Greenblatt, S. William Shakespeare. Velký život neznámého muže. Praha: Albatros, 2007.
  • Jakobson, R. - Lévi Strauss, C. Baudelairovy kočky. In Jakobson, R.: Poetická funkce. Jinočany: H+H,, 1995.
  • Kožmín, Z. Umění básně. Brno: K 22a, 1990.
  • Mukařovský, J. Studie I-II. Brno: Host, 200.
  • Todorov, T. Poetika prózy. Praha: Triáda.
  • Všetička, F. (eds.). Kompozice prózy. Praha: Svoboda, 1971.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education Teaching of Czech Language and Literature for the 2nd Stage of Primary Schools and for Secondary Schools (A14) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Winter