PJA208 Polish Literature: Positivism and Modernism

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Renáta Buchtová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Renáta Buchtová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Roman Madecki, Ph.D.
Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Renáta Buchtová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Thu 12:00–13:40 D32
Prerequisites (in Czech)
PJA106 Outline of Polish Literature || PJA125 Old Polish Literature || RJA116 Introduction to Lit. Studies
Mít ukončený alespoň 1 ze 3 zde uvedených kurzů. Schopnost číst polské texty a pracovat s nimi.
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
An overview of the history of the Polish literature from 1864 till 1918 (positivism and neo-romanticism). The course contains information about the period, literary epochs, trends, schools and authors, with an analysis of genres and specific works and also leads toward a knowledge of written forms of expression within the given issues. Main aims of the course are: - to understand development of the Polish literature of the positivist and neo-romanticism period - to understand the most prominent representatives of the Polish literature of that period - to understand Polish literature as an integrative part of the building the national consciousness - to become familiar with an essential amount of scientific literature and its methods - to apply acquired knowledge and skills on the creation of own scientific texts.
  • 1. Positivism. Polish positivist culture. The publicists. 2. Eliza Orzeszkowa. Bolesław Prus. 3. Henryk Sienkiewicz. The blooming of the novel and short story. 4. The invasion of naturalism. Genre comedies. 5. The poetry of non-poetic times. Scientific literary criticism. 6. Neo-romanticism. Theory and practice. Tadeusz Miciński and untrammelled neo-romantic fantasy. 7. Kazimierz Tetmajer and the lyricism. Jan Kasprowicz and the poetry of thought. Leopold Staff and pure lyricism. 8. Neo-romantic satire. The theatre of Stanisław Wyspiański. Neo-romantic repertoire. 9. Stefan Żeromski and the social novel. Władysław Reymont and novels about peasant life. 10. The ups and downs of the neo-romantic novel. Literary criticism and its functions. Literature and public life.
    required literature
  • MARKIEWICZ, Henryk. Pozytywizm. Wyd. 6. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 2002. 609 s. ISBN 8301138491. info
  • TOMKOWSKI, Jan. Młoda Polska. Wyd. 1. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 2001. 245 s. ISBN 8301135700. info
  • PRZYBYLSKI, Michal and Monika HORNOVÁ. Antologie polské literatury: od 10. do konce 19. století (Anthology of Polish Literature: from the 10th till the end of the 19th century). 1. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2015. 216 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-8078-2. info
    recommended literature
  • BORKOWSKA, Grażyna. Pozytywiści i inni. Wyd. 2. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 1999. 214 s. ISBN 8301120975. info
  • HUTNIKIEWICZ, Artur. Młoda Polska. Wyd. 8. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 2002. 482 s. ISBN 8301138505. info
  • MARKIEWICZ, Henryk. Literatura pozytywizmu. Warszawa: Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 1986. info
  • Podraza-Kwiatkowska, Maria. Literatura Młodej Polski. Warszawa: Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 1997.
  • Literatura okresu Młodej Polski. T. 1. Edited by Kazimierz Wyka - Artur Hutnikiewicz - Mirosława Puchalska. Warszawa: Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 1963. info
  • Literatura okresu Młodej Polski. T. 2. Edited by Kazimierz Wyka - Artur Hutnikiewicz - Mirosława Puchalska. Warszawa: Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 1967. info
  • Literatura okresu Młodej Polski. T. 3. Edited by Kazimierz Wyka - Artur Hutnikiewicz - Mirosława Puchalska. Kraków: Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 1973. info
  • Programy i dyskusje literackie okresu Młodej Polski. Edited by Maria Podraza-Kwiatkowska. Kraków: Zakład Narodowy imienia Ossolińskich, 1973. info
  • PODRAZA-KWIATKOWSKA, Maria. Somnambulicy - dekadenci - herosi : studia i eseje o literaturze Młodej Polski. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1985. ISBN 8308012817. info
  • ŠTĚPÁN, Ludvík, Roman MADECKI, Anna GAWARECKA, Krystyna KARDYNI-PELIKÁNOVÁ, Lenka VÍTOVÁ, Vanda PINDUROVÁ, Jarmil PELIKÁN, Karla ONDRÁŠKOVÁ, Boguslaw BAKULA, Dobrochna DABERT, Grzegorz GAZDA, Andrzej ZAWADA and Irena HRABĚTOVÁ. Slovník polských spisovatelů (Dictionary of Polish Writers). Ludvík Štěpán - autor koncepce slovníku a editor, autor předmluvy a úvodní eseje. první. Praha: Libri, 2000. 555 pp. Slovníky spisovatelů 107. ISBN 80-7277-005-5. info
Teaching methods
Lectures combined with seminar discussions, reading of recommended literature.
Assessment methods
Regular attendance (2 absences per semester are allowed), home reading, homeworks, presentation of seminar paper. Completion: written and oral exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2000, Spring 2001, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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