MED09 Introduction to the Theory of Literature

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught online.
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Markéta Kulhánková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Markéta Kulhánková, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/50, only registered: 0/50, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/50
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The main aim of the course is to provide students with basic theoretical terms and concept for interpretations of literary works. Lectures on theory are accompanied practical exercise on extracts from Czech, and Ancient and medieval literature (in translation).
Learning outcomes
Students will gain:
- basic orientation in the literary theory, its subdisciplines and theoretical concepts and different approaches to literature;
- understanding of basic literary theoretical terms;
- ability to apply independently the basic principles of literary theory while interpreting a piece of literature.
  • 1. Definitions and disciplines of literary theory.
  • 2. Literary genres.
  • 3. Style and stylistic analysis.
  • 4. A prosaic work: motifs, narrative analysis, narrator, characters, narrative structure, time, space.
  • 5. A poetic work: figures and tropes, the theory of verse.
  • 6. An overview of important literary theoretical schools, auxiliary disciplines.
  • 7. How to write a thesis about literature?
  • MOCNÁ, Dagmar and Josef PETERKA. Encyklopedie literárních žánrů. 1. vyd. Litomyšl: Paseka, 2004. 699 s. ISBN 807185669X. info
  • PAVERA, Libor and František VŠETIČKA. Lexikon literárních pojmů. 1. vyd. Olomouc: Nakladatelství Olomouc, 2002. 422 s. ISBN 80-7182-124-1. info
  • WELLEK, René and Austin WARREN. Teorie literatury. Olomouc: Votobia, 1996. 555 s. ISBN 80-7198-150-8. info
  • ČERVENKA, Miroslav. Kapitoly z teorie literárního díla. Praha: Karolinum, 1993. ISBN 80-7066-758-3. info
  • ČERVENKA, Miroslav. Významová výstavba literárního díla. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 1992. 155 s. info
  • KOŽMÍN, Zdeněk. Interpretace básní [Kožmín, 1986]. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1986. 167 s. info
  • Slovník literární teorie. Edited by Štěpán Vlašín. Praha: Československý spisovatel, 1984. 465 s. info
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, Jan. Studie z poetiky. Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon, 1982. 906 s., [1. info
  • HRABÁK, Josef. Úvod do teorie verše [Hrabák, 1978]. 5., přeprac. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1978. 239 s. info
  • LEVÝ, Jiří. Bude literární věda exaktní vědou? : výbor studií. Edited by Miroslav Červenka, Translated by Miroslav Červenka, Edited by Josef Hr. Vyd. 1. Praha: Československý spisovatel, 1971. 459 s. : i. info
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, Jan. Cestami poetiky a estetiky. Edited by Bohumil Svozil - Květoslav Chvatík. Vyd. 1. V Praze: Československý spisovatel, 1971. 364 s. info
  • HRABÁK, Josef and František TENČÍK. Úvod do studia literatury [Hrabák, 1970]. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1970. 139 s. info
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, Jan. Studie z estetiky. Edited by Květoslav Chvatík, Edited by Felix Vodička. Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon, 1966. 371 s. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class exercises.
Assessment methods
Homework (7 ongoing tests). Written analysis of a piece of literature (poetry or prose, see the learning materials), ca 4.000 to 7.000 characters. Oral exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Spring 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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