LMD_004 Medieval Latin Literature

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 15 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Jana Nechutová, CSc.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Fri 12:00–15:40 A24, except Fri 14. 4.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the basic map of literary genres of medieval Latin literature, its main periods, authors and treatises. Understanding medieval Latin literature and the general knowledge of it is the necessary prerequisite for grasping further cultural developments of particular literatures both medieval and early modern and modern. The course will focus on these connections and will provide general information about the intermediate features of medieval Latin literature. Special emphasis is placed on the most important cultural centers of Europe and the phenomenon of the so-called renaissance periods in the Middle Ages.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to understand the continuity between the Ancient literary culture and the literary culture of the Middle Ages, or the Modern period. They will grasp the characteristics of this process based on particular medieval literary works of both European and Bohemian origin. They will be able to describe basic literary genres of medieval Latin literature and define their main features.
  • Transmission of medieval texts (medieval concept of authorship, fragmentary nature of medieval literature);
  • points of departure: patristic literature, literary life in Late Antiquity;
  • development phases of poetry, prose and "academic" literature; problems of medieval genres;
  • intertextuality of medieval Latin literature (reception of the Bible and ancient authors);
  • dynamics of literature written in Latin and in vernacular languages.
    required literature
  • CURTIUS, Ernst Robert. Evropská literatura a latinský středověk. Translated by Jiří Pelán - Jiří Stromšík - Irena Zachová. Vydání první. Praha: Triáda. 738 stran. ISBN 8086138070. 1998. info
    recommended literature
  • NECHUTOVÁ, Jana and Dana STEHLÍKOVÁ. Stručné dějiny latinské literatury středověku. Edited by Jan Kalivoda. 1. vyd. Praha: Arista. 309 s. ISBN 9788073401450. 2013. info
  • VIDMANOVÁ, Anežka. Laborintus : latinská literatura středověkých Čech. Vyd. 1. Praha: KLP-Koniasch Latin Press. 222 s. ISBN 8090150861. 1994. info
Teaching methods
Lecture, seminar discussion.
Assessment methods
Regular and active class participation, presentation of a selected medieval treatise.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: blok.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021.
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