LMKA_a01 Modern Literature in European Culture and Media context I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Miroslav Kotásek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Petr Bubeníček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Tereza Dědinová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Vladimíra Derková (lecturer)
Mgr. Michal Fránek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jan Tlustý, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petr Vokřínek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Miroslav Kotásek, Ph.D.
Department of Czech Literature - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Eva Zachová
Supplier department: Department of Czech Literature - Faculty of Arts
Tue 16:00–17:40 G32
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 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 13/30, only registered: 0/30, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/30
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Course objectives
The course will cover the main tendencies in the development of European literature, from the end of the 19th century to the year 1945. Literature will not be understood as an aesthetic phenomenon that can be examined primarily by means of philology. Literature, as represented by these lectures, is, at the most basic level, interconnected with the changes in visual perception (film, photography), changes of social space (big cities, industrialization), changes in the perception of human body and individuality (phenomenology, psychoanalysis), and time (Einstein), as well as the profound change in the term "culture" itself (e.g. in reaction to the First World War; developments in scientific conception of the world, which gradually becomes normative in Western society).
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course the students will be able to:
-understand the development of literature in the context of social and cultural changes,
-understand intermedia connections between literature and other art forms,
-analyse literary texts as a part of the commonly understood socially-cultural context,
-analyse and articulate differences in meaning resulting from different media being used – e.g. the difference between a literary text and its film adaptation.
  • The beginnings of “modernism” in 19th century as a result of changes in the sociocultural space
  • Transformations of the cultural field I.: literature and the “new media” (film, photography, phonography)
  • Transformations of the cultural field II.: mass society, mass culture, emergence of new genres (gothic novel, sci-fi, crime novel)
  • Expressionism: intermedia perspective (literature, film, visual arts)
  • Changes in the perception of time in modernism, and their influence over culture (phenomenology, theory of relativity, the vulgar interpretation of 2nd law of thermodynamics)
  • Formal experiments in prose
  • The avant-garde and politics
  • Changes of the big cities: cosmopolitanism in architecture and visual arts
  • The allegoric dimension of time travel in selected literary works from the turn of the 19th century
  • The influence of Nietzsche’s and Schopenhauer’s philosophy on literature
  • Psychoanalysis, hysteria, decadence, psychopathology, and their perception in the contemporary sociocultural context; Surrealism
  • Music and literature in modernism. The decline of classical tonality, new composition techniques and their reflection in literature.
  • Music and literature in the avant-garde era – parallels and relations.
    required literature
  • PAPOUŠEK, Vladimír. Dějiny nové moderny : česká literatura v letech 1905-1923. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2010. 627 s. ISBN 9788020017925. info
  • PAPOUŠEK, Vladimír. Gravitace avantgard : imaginace a řeč avantgard v českých literárních textech první poloviny dvacátého století. 1. vyd. Praha: Akropolis, 2007. 144 s. ISBN 9788086903521. info
  • HILSKÝ, Martin. Modernisté :Eliot, Joyce, Woolfová, Lawrence. Vyd. 1. Praha: Torst, 1995. 269 s. ISBN 80-85639-40-8. info
    recommended literature
  • ADORNO, Theodor W. and Max HORKHEIMER. Dialektika osvícenství : filosofické fragmenty. Translated by Michael Hauser - Milan Váňa. Vydání první. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2009. 247 stran. ISBN 9788072982677. info
  • BENJAMIN, Walter. The arcades project. Edited by Rolf Tiedemann, Translated by Howard Eiland - Kevin McLaughlin. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1999. xiv, 1073. ISBN 0674008022. info
  • CHALUPECKÝ, Jindřich. Expresionisté :Richard Weiner, Jakub Deml, Ladislav Klíma, podivný Hašek. [Praha]: Torst, 1992. 200 s. ISBN 80-85639-00-9. info
    not specified
  • Český surrealismus :1929-1953. Edited by Lenka Bydžovská - Karel Srp. 1. vyd. Praha: Galerie hlavního města Prahy, 1996. 485 s. ISBN 80-7010-047-8. info
Teaching methods
The lectures include commentary, analysis, and instructive interpretation that demonstrate the theory and methodology discussed.
Assessment methods
Written test and oral exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Information on completion of the course: Kurz je zakončen zkouškou (platí pro studenty Literatury a mezikulturní komunikace) nebo kolokviem (platí pro všechny ostatní studenty).
The course is taught annually.
General note: Pro posluchače oboru LMK (jednooboroví) je předmět povinný - kredity A, pro posluchače LMK (dvouoboroví) a bohemistiky povinně volitelný (kredity B), pro ostatní studenty volitelný (kredity C).
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