MEDMgr01 Selected literary theories and methods of textual interpretation

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Lucie Mazalová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Katarina Petrovićová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Markéta Macura (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Katarina Petrovićová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Wed 10:00–11:40 L33, except Wed 17. 4.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to present a complex overview of main literary theories of 20th and 21st century AD, including particular terminology, as well as introduce the roots of literary theoretical thinking in history of literature and philosophy.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will be able to:
- explain basic principles of selected literary theories;
- use literary terminology covered during the course;
- apply selected methods of interpretation to individual texts;
- describe tendencies of development in modern translation;
- critically evaluate translations of ancient and modern literature.
  • Origins and development of modern literary theory (author — text — reader).
  • Philosophical rudiments of literary theory (Edmund Husserl a his followers).
  • Structuralist approaches to literature; reactions to structuralist criticism.
  • Jacques Derrida: method of deconstruction.
  • Theory/theories of intertextuality (Mikhail Bakhtin, Julia Kristeva, Roland Barthes, Gérard Genette).
  • Theory of narrative: basic narratological categories (Franz Stanzel, Gérard Genette).
  • Reception aesthetics (Wolfgang Iser, Hans Robert Jauss, Roman Witold Ingarden).
  • Developments in translation studies before and during the Czech National Revival (Josef Král).
  • Developments in translation studies at the turn of the 19th and in the 20th century.
  • Comparative analysis of existing translations of selected works.
  • Translating from ancient and modern languages in the 21st century.
  • KUBÍČEK, Tomáš, Jiří HRABAL and Petr A. BÍLEK. Naratologie : strukturální analýza vyprávění. V Praze: Dauphin. 247 s. ISBN 9788072725922. 2013. info
  • EAGLETON, Terry. Úvod do literární teorie. Translated by Petr Onufer. Vyd. 1. Praha: Triáda. 363 s. ISBN 8086138720. 2005. info
  • FOŘT, Bohumil. Úvod do sémantiky fikčních světů. Vydání první. Brno: Host. 148 stran. ISBN 8072941658. 2005. info
  • SCHMITZ, Thomas A. Moderne Literaturtheorie und antike Texte :eine Einführung. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. 261 s. ISBN 3-534-15204-2. 2002. info
  • AUERBACH, Erich. Mimesis : zobrazení skutečnosti v západoevropských literaturách. Vyd. 2. Praha: Mladá fronta. 479 s. ISBN 8020407383. 1998. info
  • HOMOLÁČ, Jiří. Intertextovost a utváření smyslu v textu. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum. 114 s. ISBN 807184201X. 1996. info
Teaching methods
Lectures combined with seminars (group discussions of the assigned texts). Active participation in class discussions of the assigned texts (scholarly articles and selected passages of source literature, both original and translated).
Assessment methods
Oral discussion based on one of the literary theoretical texts explained and discussed during seminars.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
General note: Předmět je povinný pro všechny studenty nav.mag. studia Mediteránních studií, s výjimkou studentů dvouob. studia, kteří zahájili studium nejpozději v PS2015 (pro tyto studenty je předmět povinně volitelný).
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2024.
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