Course: English literature up to Romanticism

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Course title English literature up to Romanticism
Course code KAJ/ALI2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Vránková Kamila, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
The course concentrates on the following themes: 1. Anglo-Saxon literature (a reflection of Pagan and Christian culture in particular lyrical and epic texts; Beowulf) 2. the medieval literature (the development of both religious and secular writing; ballads and romances; Chaucer) 3. the Renaissance literature (the development of drama and its particular forms; Shakespeare, his predecessors, contemporaries and followers) 4. English literature in the 17th and 18th centuries (the 'age of reason'; the development of English novel: Defoe, Fielding, Richardson, Sterne, the English Gothic novel 5. Romantic poetry as a response to the 18th-century rationalism; particular generations of the Romantic poets.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Activating (simulations, games, drama)
Learning outcomes
The course is intended to make students familiar with important authors and works of English literature from Anglo-Saxon period up to the period of Romanticism. Theoretical lectures are connected with the seminars focusing on reading and interpreting selected texts. Particular works are discussed also with respect to their contribution to further literary development.
Knowledge of particular authors and texts of English literature from the beginning of its development up to the period of Romanticism Knowledge of the relevant cultural and historical context Literary analysis and interpretation; discussion
Prerequisites
Minimum level of English: Upper-Intermediate. Knowledge of essential concepts of literature.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Analysis of creative work (musical, visual, literary), Interview

All examinations and consultations are held in English. Active participation in the seminar, a written interpretation of a chosen work, a proficiency test.
Recommended literature
  • Burgess, Anthony:. English Literature, Longman Group Ltd, 1991.
  • Čermák, Jan a kol.:. Antologie staroanglické literatury, Praha: Triáda, 2006.
  • Čermák, Jan:. Béowulf, Praha: Torst, 2003.
  • Drabble, Margaret, ed.:. The Oxford Companion to English Literature, Oxford: O.U.P., 1987.
  • Gower, Roger:. Past into Present: An Anthology of British and American Literature, Longman Group Limited, 1990.
  • Hilský, Martin:. edice překladů Shakespeara, Brno: Atlantis..
  • Hollander, John; Kermode, Frank, eds.:. The Oxford Anthology of English Literature, London: O.U.P., 1973.
  • Kott, Jan:. Shakespearovské črty, Praha: Československý spisovatel, 1964.
  • Leeson, Edward:. The Macmillan Anthology of English Prose, London: Macmillan Publishers Limited, 1994.
  • Oliveriusová, E.; Hilský, M.; Marek, J.; Grmela, J.:. Antologie anglické literatury, Praha: SPN, 1984.
  • Oliveriusová, E.; Hilský, M.; Marek, J.; Grmela, J.:. Dějiny anglické literatury, Praha: SPN, 1988.
  • Procházka, Martin:. Romantismus a osobnost, Pardubice: Nakladatelství Marie Mlejnkové, 1996.
  • Procházka, Martin; Stříbrný Zdeněk a kol.:. Slovník spisovatelů (anglická-waleská lit.), Praha: Libri, 1996.
  • Stříbrný, Zdeněk:. Dějiny anglické literatury II, Praha: Academia, 1987.
  • Stříbrný, Zdeněk:. Proud Času. (Stati o Shakespearovi v rámci anglické literatury), Praha: Karolinum, 2005.
  • Stříbrný, Zdeněk:. Shakespeare and Eastern Europe, Oxford, New York: O.U.P., 2000.
  • Stříbrný, Zdeněk:. Shakespearovy historické hry, Praha: ČSAV, 1959. / Shakespearovi předchůdci, Praha: UK, 1965.
  • Vančura, Zdeněk:. Pohledy na anglickou a americkou literaturu, Praha: Odeon, 1983.
  • Wells, Stanley:. Shakespeare: An Illustrated Dictionary, Lond.:O.U.P., 1986.


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): Teacher training in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter