Course: Methodology of literary interpretation

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Course title Methodology of literary interpretation
Course code KBH/MLZ
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Zelenka Miloš, prof. PhDr. DrSc.
Course content
The notion of interpretation and analysis - objective and subjective approaches to a literary text. Delimiting a text: definition, on overview of concepts, the relation of a text to its "surroundings". An overview of interpretative methods employed between the second half of the 19th century and the second half of the 20th century. Structuralism: approaching a text (defining the basic problems) Deconstruction: an attempt at "anti-interpretation". Manuscriptology: the theory of writing as "unfolding the meaning". New historicism and an attempt at a cultural interpretation of a text. Advantages and disadvantages of the intertextual interpretation of a text (the conflict of emanent and societal approaches)

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
This course provides a theoretical basis and terminology for the methodology of literary interpretation, specially promoting practical application of the latest approaches. The seminar is focused on the interpretation of a particular literary text, namely prose and poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries. Attention is paid to contrasting the 'scholarly' (scientific) approaches to a literary text with the emotional (sensuous) ones, and also to possibilities of combining both modes.
The ability to interpret a text, using various practical approaches, identifying its inner structure, describing its mechanisms and defining its relation to the surrounding cultural context.
Prerequisites
Prerequisite: completion of the Introduction to the study of literature exam.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay

Active participation in the course, completion of the final test and a paper no shorter than ten pages (an attempt at interpretation of a chosen literary text, prose or poetry)
Recommended literature
  • Řada sborníků: O interpretaci uměleckého textu I.-XXIII. PF a FF UKF, Nitra, 1968.
  • Culler, J.:. Krátký úvod do literární teorie.. Brno: Host, 2001.
  • Eco, U. Mysl a smysl. Moraviapress, Praha, 2000.
  • Ed. M. Pechlivanos, S. Rieger, W. Struck a M. Weitz. Sb. Úvod do literární vědy. Praha, 1999.
  • Ed. M. Zelenka. Sb. Umění teorie a Zdeněk Mathauser. Euroslavica, Praha, 2001.
  • Harpáň, Michal. Teória literatúry. Bratislava 1994. Bratislava, 1994.
  • Chvatík, K.:. Strukturální estetika.. Brno, 2001.
  • Kulka, J. Komplexní analýza uměleckého díla. SPN, Praha, 1990.
  • Miko, F. Aspekty literárneho textu. PF, Nitra, 1989.
  • Ricouer, P. Teória interpretácie: diskurs a prebytok vyznamu. Archa, Bratislava, 1997.
  • Todorov, T. Poetika prózy. Praha, Triáda, 2000.
  • Wellek, R.- Wareen, A. Teorie literatury. Votobia, Olomouc, 1996.
  • Zima, P.V. Literární estetika. Votobia, Olomouc, 1998.
  • Žilka, T. Postmoderná semiotika textu. FF UKF, Nitra, 2000.


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): Introductory teacher training course in Czech language and literature (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in Czech language and literature (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in Czech language and literature (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in Czech language and literature (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: -