In the seminars we will explore major writers and literary movements of the period as well as analyze recurrent themes and motifs in the assigned readings. At the end of the course students will be able to identify major figures of British literature of the 20th century, make their own connections between the assigned reading and also question and actively interpret them as well as create their own critical evaluation.
This course begins with the premise that British literature of the first half of the twentieth century was shaped by profound concerns about the present. If modernism is often understood as a unified and coherent aesthetic movement, championing its own modernity, we will pay attention to its spirit of ambivalence, contradiction, and deep conflict, especially with respect to such vexed topics as gender and sexuality, empire and nationalism, war and revolution, production and consumption, and political power. Our particular angle for addressing these large issues will be the representation of past, present, and future in a range of literary works. Authors include Woolf, Joyce, Lawrence, T.S.Eliot, Orwell, Beckett, Osborn.
HILSKÝ, Martin. Modernisté :Eliot, Joyce, Woolfová, Lawrence. Vyd. 1. Praha: Torst, 1995. 269 s. ISBN 80-85639-40-8. info
ČAŇKOVÁ, Michaela. Britská literatura 20. století. Vyd. 1. Voznice: LEDA, 1997. 177 s. ISBN 80-85927-33-0. info
BARNARD, Robert. Stručné dějiny anglické literatury. Vyd. 1. Praha: Brána ve spolupráci s Knižním klubem, 1997. 251 s. ISBN 80-7176-705-0. info
Barnard R. A Short History of English Literature.1987. Oxford
LODGE, David. The art of fiction :illustrated from classic and modern texts. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1992. xi, 240 s. ISBN 0-14-017492-3. info
analyse, interpret, and discuss the set literary works, apply the knowledge from the lectures, home assignments, home reading,
Attendance is not required but strongly recommended
Participate in class discussions
deliver a response paper for each class
asses the knowledge in the test
review and discussion round-up in the colloquy
Language in which the course is taught
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 24 hodin.