LMKA_a10 Literary Work: Observation, Analysis, Interpretation, Contextualization

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Petr Vokřínek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Zbyněk Fišer, Ph.D.
Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Eva Zachová
Supplier department: Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies - Faculty of Arts
each even Tuesday 12:00–15:40 B2.41
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 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 10/40, only registered: 0/40
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
There are three aims to this course. Firstly, the course strives to create a shared platform for discussion about literary works (which is understood as one of the media products of culture) for students who come into the programme from various fields of study. After having been introduced to the core concepts of modern poetics and their potential uses, students will acquire the skills of observation, description, and analysis of the aspects and makeup of a literary work. Acquisition of the aforementioned skills creates the conditions for achieving the second aim of the course, which includes the ability to interpret an individual work as well as to typologize and compare groups of literary works in both synchronic and historic perspective, and to observe their transfer among various cultures. The third aim is for the students to achieve the potential for subsequent study and critical analysis of methodologies – the understanding of which will be developed in further courses – and especially the intermedia methodology. The poetics of a literary work is consistently developed as a poetics of an autonomous medium – at the same time, students will be able to utilize this experience to observe and describe the features of other media products (such as film, visual art, virtual reality etc.), as well as to conceptualize both mutual and specific features of the particular media, and perceive their interactions.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to
- perceive and describe unique characteristics of a literary work,
- use this perception in both partial analysis and complex interpretation of literary works,
- conceptualize mutual features of literary works as categories of their poetics,
- use their knowledge of poetics in interpreting historic development of literature,
- recognize the relationships between literary works based on poetological observation,
- eventually acquire means of observation and terminologically grasp the products of other media.
  • Structuring and integration of meaning in a literary work
  • Literary competencies. Reader’s perception and scholarly observation of a literary work
  • Poetics as a device of literary theory and literary history
  • Genre as a convention of communication
  • Style as a parameter of authorial and historic poetics
  • Poetic language and figurative nature of literature
  • Motive and topic. Construction of complex literary units
  • Narration as construction of fictional world; transmission of experience
  • Intertextual relationships
  • Medium-specific and intermedia poetics of literature
  • Analysis, interpretation and over-interpretation
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  • V souřadnicích volnosti : česká literatura devadesátých let dvacátého století v interpretacích. Edited by Petr Hruška. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2008. 738 s. ISBN 9788020016300. info
  • V souřadnicích mnohosti : česká literatura první dekády jednadvacátého století v souvislostech a interpretacích. Edited by Alena Fialová - Petr Hruška - Lenka Jungmannová. Vydání první. Praha: Academia, 2014. 817 stran. ISBN 9788020024107. info
  • PETERKA, Josef. Teorie literatury pro učitele. Praha: Univerzita Karlova, 2001. 287 s. ISBN 8072900455. info
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Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Assignments testing the students’ acquisition of the terminology of poetics and their ability to describe a particular literary phenomenon, while using a transformation or original creation to prove their understanding of it.
Final exam in written form; includes similar tasks as the assignments and is aimed at testing out the students’ acquisition of the competencies required (i.e. to identify and classify a certain phenomenon, to characterize it, to describe the features of a given text and analyse their function, compare and typologize within a group of phenomena etc.).
Language of instruction
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Study Materials
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