AR2A306 Autographs of the 18th - 20th Century

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
doc. PhDr. Dalibor Havel, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Dalibor Havel, Ph.D.
Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Olga Barová
Supplier department: Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies - Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! AR2A209 Autographs of the 18th - 20th &&! NOW ( AR2A209 Autographs of the 18th - 20th )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This series of seminars aims is aimed at equipping graduates with the practical ability to work with autographs of distinguished figures, most of whom were prominent in Bohemia and Moravia from around the period of the National Revival to the present day. Particular attention will be paid to literary figures (writers, poets), historians, composers and other public figures (such as politicians). A subject of interest will also be the role of autographs in the genesis of a literary work in its progression from an archetype to a printed (published) version.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- read difficult manuscript texts, including concepts and first drafts of literary works;
- identify the individual scribal hand for sources written in neo-Gothic and humanistic script;
- to compare a hand-written and printed text of the same work, to draw from it textual conclusions important in preparing a critical edition for determining the archetype;
- understand the genesis of a literary work from the origin of the concept, to the author’s manuscript, through to its final printed form (or reprint);
- uncover evidence of censorship in the manuscripts of authors;
- work with modern period manuscripts from the 18th to 20th century.
  • Personal correspondence and the specifics of this source.
  • Manuscript notes in print.
  • Identifying autographs, determining the author.
  • Comparing autographs with print.
  • The relationship between autograph and archetype.
  • Censorship procedures.
  • The autographs of Karel Hynek Mácha.
  • POLÁK, Stanislav: Studium novověkého písma. Vlastivědný sborník Podbrdska 7, 1973, s. 3–154.
  • ČORNEJOVÁ, Michaela, Lucie RYCHNOVSKÁ and Jana ZEMANOVÁ. Dějiny českého pravopisu (do r. 1902) / History of Czech Orthography (up to 1902) (History of Czech Orthography (up to 1902)). 1st ed. Brno: Host - Masarykova univerzita, 2010. 480 pp. ISBN 978-80-7294-508-5. URL info
  • KAŠPAR, Jaroslav. Soubor statí o novověkém písmu. 1. vyd. Praha: Universita Karlova, 1993. 213 s. ISBN 807066679X. info
  • WÖGERBAUER, Michael, Petr PÍŠA, Petr ŠÁMAL and Pavel JANÁČEK. V obecném zájmu : cenzura a sociální regulace literatury v moderní české kultuře 1749-2014. Vydání 1. Praha: Academia, 2015. Strana 873. ISBN 9788088069119. info
Teaching methods
Seminar with the active participation of students.
Assessment methods
Credit for the course will be determined by continuous assessment of the degree and quality of student involvement in seminar work and a concluding joint discussion.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2022.
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