AJL04002 Introduction to Literary Studies II Lecture

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 1 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
Stephen Paul Hardy, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Martina Horáková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Kačer, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Tomáš Pospíšil, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jan Čapek, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Martina Horáková, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
each even Monday 12:00–13:40 C33, except Mon 15. 4.
Prerequisites (in Czech)
NOW ( AJL04003 Intro. to Literary Studies II ) && AJL04000 Literary Studies I Lecture
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
Course description: This course consists of lectures (followed by small group seminars in AJ04003) that provide students with an introduction to literary histories, movements, contexts and approaches to literary texts. The related seminars in AJ04003 function as more practical insights into analyzing literary texts and writing critical research papers about them. They are based on discussions and group work.
Course objectives: 1. To learn the methods of conducting library research and working with primary and secondary sources. 2. To acquire the techniques needed for literary analysis and writing academic essays. 3. To refine critical thinking about literature and achieve a deeper understanding of how literature affects us and how it enriches our perception of the world.
Learning outcomes
After attending this course, students will be able to:
- gain an overview of the basic developments in Anglophone literatures
- write an essay in the English language
- conduct independent research and employ foreign literature
  • Lectures take place every second week and alternate with Introduction to Literature seminars.
  • Lecture 1: Irish Modernist Drama
  • Lecture 2: British Modernism
  • Lecture 3: American Modernism
  • Lecture 4: Post-war British Drama
  • Lecture 5: Postmodernist Canadian Novel
  • Lecture 6: Postcolonial Australian Novel
    required literature
  • Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury avant-gardewar, civilization, modernity. Edited by Christine Froula. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005, xvii, 428. ISBN 0231134444. info
  • HUTCHEON, Linda. The politics of postmodernism. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2002, x, 214. ISBN 0415280168. info
  • KIBERD, Declan. Inventing Ireland : the literature of the modern nation. London: Vintage, 1996, xvi, 719. ISBN 009958221X. info
  • ESSLIN, Martin. The theatre of the absurd. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Books, 1961, 364 s. info
Teaching methods
A 100-minute lecture every second week, complemented by a literary seminar every second week.
Assessment methods
At the end of the lecture cycle students write a short test based on topics delivered in the lectures.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2025.
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