Course: Introduction to the study of literature

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Course title Introduction to the study of literature
Course code KBH/ULB
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Schacherl Martin, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Zelenka Miloš, prof. PhDr. DrSc.
Course content
Literary scholarship: its definition and components The notion of text: its functions The theory of verse: the basic terminology and practical examples The theory of prose: the basic terminology and practical examples An introduction to the theory of literary wholes (the basics of genology) The theory of textology: problems and tasks (ancillary disciplines of literary scholarship) The basics of semiotics: the theory of sign: an overview of concepts Literary sociology and literary psychology Literary history: the problems of period classification; individual functions The aesthetic function: its validity: "high" and "low" art

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
Learning outcomes
The course offers the basic information on literature as an aesthetic fact and on literary research as a complex discipline which provides its study. It also deals with individual thematic fields examining the nature, classification, research and functions of literature.
A general understanding of the structure of literary scholarship; the ability to employ its terminology in theory and practice; the basic skills of literary analysis in both poetry and prose.
Prerequisites
Completion of the course (credited acknowledgement) Introduction to the study of literature

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Written examination

Mastering the specialised terminology and the basic skills in literary analysis and interpretation based on diverse approaches to various kinds of literary texts, mainly in poetry and prose. Final exam.
Recommended literature
  • Aleš Haman:. Úvod do studia literatury a interpretace díla, Jinočany 1999.
  • Anton Pokrivčák - Silvia Pokrivčáková:. Understanding Literature, MSD, Brno, 2006.
  • Eduard Petrů. Úvod do literární vědy, Olomouc 2000.
  • Jonathan Culler:. Krátký úvod do literární teorie, Brno 2002.
  • Josef Hrabák - Vladimír Štěpánek:. Úvod do teorie literatury, Praha 1987.
  • Josef Hrabák:. Poetika, Praha 1977.
  • Josef Hrabák:. Úvod do teorie verše, Praha 1978.
  • Josef Peterka:. Teorie literatury, Praha 2001.
  • Karel Krejčí:. Sociologie literatury, Praha, Grada, 2008.
  • Michal Harpáň:. Teória literatúry, Bratislava 1994.
  • Miltos Pechlivanos - Stefan Rieger - Wolfgang Struck a Michael Weitz:. Úvod do literární vědy, Praha 1999.
  • P. V. Zima:. Literární estetika, Olomouc 1998.
  • Peter Barry:. Beginning Theory: An Intorduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, Manchester University Press, Manchestr, 1995.
  • René Wellek - Austin Warren:. Teorie literatury, Olomouc 1996.


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