AJL22095 Discourse analysis: Folktales

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Jana Pelclová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jana Pelclová, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Mon 16:00–17:40 G23
The course is designed as a linguistic seminar in which students learn about the genre of fairy tales from multidisciplinary perspectives. The main interest is in the linguistic analysis. Students analyze a number of stories from the point of view of linguistic stylistics, pragmatics, social semiotics and discourse analysis. Students learn about the history of the genre and the theories of narratology, esp. narrative structures and focalization. Besides, the texts are also analyzed from the point of view of gender studies, namely the gender stereotypes, gender boundaries and their violation esp. in modern fairy tales. The teaching method is a discursive analysis of fairy-tale stories, both published and feature movies.
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: 14/10, only registered: 0/10
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Course objectives
1.At the end of the course, students will be able to analyze stylistic, pragmatic and semiotic aspects found in folktale stories. They will be also able to distinguish a number of narrative structures and the point of view of the story-tellers and the characters’ as well as to distinguish gender stereotypes coded in folktales;
2.The course will help students to think critically and to improve their analytical thinking. The students will be also able to apply their knowledge and theories of linguistic, literary and gender studies.
  • 1. Course introduction: guidelines, methodology and assignments
  • 2. Genre history and development
  • 3. Narrative strategies
  • 4. Spatial and temporal structure
  • 5. Point of view
  • 6. Semiotic analysis
  • 7. Verbal and Visual modality
  • 8. Speech acts and pragmatic principles
  • 9. Intertextuality
  • 10. Gender stereotypes
Teaching methods
Pre-class reading of both primary and secondary texts, short fairy-tale writing.
Assessment methods
Assessment: attendance + active participation = 40% + final essay = 60%
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Further Comments
The course is taught once in two years.
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