ARTS014 How to read contemporary world literature. A journey across genres.

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Tereza Dědinová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Zbyněk Fišer, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Luisa Nováková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Zbyněk Fišer, Ph.D.
Department of Czech Literature – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Veronika Bromová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Czech Literature – Faculty of Arts
Tue 12:00–13:40 C33
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! PROGRAM ( B - CJ_ )||( PROGRAM ( B - CJ_ )&&( ARTS001 Cognitive Sciences || ARTS002 Approaches to language || ARTS003 Contemporary culture || ARTS004 Homer and European literature || ARTS006 The Fall of an Empire || ARTS007 Germanic literatureNobel Prize || ARTS008 Argumentation and Logic || ARTS009 Czech 101 || ARTS010 History of Mongolia and steppe empires || ARTS011 Transformations of Christian Europe: Visions, Critical Analysis and Discussions || ARTS012 Cult. Constr. of Other. || ARTS013 Slavonic Areas || ARTS015 Humans as a cultural species || ARTS016 Medieval Literary Life || ARTS017 Life after Death in Arts || ARTS018 || ARTS019 Shakespeare and Marriage || ARTS020 Digital Humanities || ARTS021 Art and Culture in Cent.Europe || ARTS022 ))
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 150 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 45/150, only registered: 1/150, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/150
Course objectives
The lecture series will focus on important and for readers attractive works of well-known authors and on their analysis through relevant critical methods.
Each lecture will be focused on a selected text(s), which excerpts will students be able to read in advance in Czech.
Literary works will be placed in a cultural and social context, and their subsequent analysis will be extended by a relevant methodological approach (e.g. postcolonial, cognitive and feminist criticism, ecocritics, a genre perspective). In JS 2021, we notably focus on works of speculative literature in a broader sense, on science fiction and fantasy (see syllabus).
Learning outcomes
After completing the course the student will be able to:
Students will gain an overview of contemporary world literature.
Students will learn to use adequate methods of analysis, interpretation and evaluation of a literary text and to assess their benefits and limits.
At the same time, they will learn to recognise the cultural specifics of the given national literature and their role in literary communication.
Students will be able to reflect their reading or reading preferences.
  • Ursula K. Le Guinová - Levá ruka tmy (Kroniky Západního pobřeží, Vyprávění)
  • Terry Pratchett - Úžasná Zeměplocha
  • Johanna Sinisalo - Ne před slunce západem (Jádro slunce)
  • Michel Faber - Kniha zvláštních nových věcí
  • Margaret Attwoodová - Příběh služebnice (The Testaments)
  • Ursula K. Le Guinová: Zeměmoří
  • Peter S. Beagle - Poslední jednorožec
  • Robert Jackson Bennett - Zázračná města (trilogie)
  • Muriel Barberyová: S elegancí ježka
  • Ann Leckieová - Impérium Rádč (trilogie)
  • ATTEBERY, Brian: 2014 Stories about Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
  • DĚDINOVÁ, Tereza. Po divné krajině : charakteristika a vnitřní členění fantastické literatury (Through a Strange Landscape : Characteristics and Inner Structuring of Fantastic Literature). Vydání první. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2015. 228 pp. Spisy Filozofické fakulty Masarykovy univerzity = Opera Facultatis philosophicae Universitatis Masarykianae; 433. ISBN 978-80-210-7871-0. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • MENDLESOHN, Farah and Edward JAMES. A short history of fantasy. Rev. and updated ed. Faringdon: Libri, 2012. 285 s. ISBN 9781907471667. info
  • The Cambridge companion to fantasy literature. Edited by Edward James - Farah Mendlesohn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. xxiv, 268. ISBN 9780521728737. info
  • TOLKIEN, J. R. R. Netvoři a kritikové a jiné eseje. Translated by Jan Čermák. Vyd. v tomto souboru 1. Praha: Argo, 2006. 266 s. ISBN 8072037889. info
  • Speculations on speculation : theories of science fiction. Edited by James Gunn - Matthew Candelaria. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2005. xix, 374. ISBN 081084902X. info
  • The Cambridge companion to science fiction. Edited by Edward James - Farah Mendlesohn. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xxvii, 295. ISBN 9780521016575. info
  • The encyclopedia of science fiction. Edited by John Clute - Peter Nicholls - Brian M. Stableford - John Grant. 1st pub. London: Orbit, 1993. xxxvi, 137. ISBN 1857231244. info
  • ATTEBERY, Brian. Strategies of fantasy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1992. xiv, 152. ISBN 0253310709. info
Teaching methods
lecture, discussion, textual analysis.
Assessment methods
Granting the credit is conditional upon handing over the portfolio of tasks assigned during the semester - writing an essay and participating in a peer review.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Information on course enrolment limitations: Předmět bude otevřen a vyučován při minimálním počtu 20 zapsaných studujících.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses

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The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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