AJ18084 Subversion from Down Under: Australian Literature and the Fantastic

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2010
Extent and Intensity
0/20. 2 credit(s) (plus 2 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Alternate Types of Completion: z (credit).
Dr. Iva Polak (lecturer), Mgr. Martina Horáková, Ph.D. (deputy)
Jeffrey Alan Vanderziel, B.A.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( AJ09999 Qualifying Examination || AJ01002 Practical English II ) && SOUHLAS
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 10 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/10, only registered: 0/10
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Course description: The course offers a brief introduction into the mechanics of the fantastic as a wider genre in order to show how the text shifts from the discourse of realism to the discourse of the fantastic, or what makes fantasy fantastic. As a country imbedded in documentary realism, Australia is a model example of the ways in which mainstream, ethnic, Australian Indigenous and women’s writing appropriates fantasy to create alternative histories in order to scrutinize the ideological framework of the “lucky country”. Moreover, Indigenous writing further challenges the very notion of the “consensus reality” adding a twist to the fantasy writing from Australia. Texts covered in the class will include two novels, one play and several short stories by contemporary Australian writers, as well as a selection of short cinematic materials shown in the class.
Course objectives: Students will get acquainted with the often disregarded genre of the fantastic, and its disruptive agenda in the postcolonial context. They will also get an insight into contemporary Australian literature and culture.
Teaching methods
Teaching methods: Mini-lectures, class and group discussions, text/film analysis, PowerPointPresentations, visual materials
Assessment methods
Assessment methods: Attendance, participation in discussions, short assignments, final essay (1st cycle 1500 words; 2nd cycle 3000 words)
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Note related to how often the course is taught: 20.-24. září 2010.

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