CJBC315 Czech Literary Parnassianism in the European Context

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Michal Fránek, 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
Wed 14:10–15:45 U22
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 70 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 3/70, only registered: 0/70, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/70
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The topic of this series of lectures is Czech literary Classicism. Although it did not influence 19th-century Czech literature to the extent to which Romanticism, Realism, or Parnassianism did, it left considerable mark on the age notwithstanding. Coming from contemporary research in the field, we shall attempt to outline its main features in Czech literature, as well as its influence in music and visual arts, all of this in a wider European context. The series shall include interpretations of individual works by famous and less famous authors of the age (for instance, Antonín Jaroslav Puchmajer, Ján Kollár, Karel Alois Vinařický, Jaroslav Vrchlický, Svatopluk Čech), putting these in wider cultural contexts. Some of the lectures shall be given by guest lecturers, who shall be prominent experts on a given topic. The lectures are available for everyone interested in 19th-century Czech literature and culture.
Learning outcomes
After the completion of the course, the student shall be able:
– to describe classicist elements in Czech literature;
– to understand Czech liteary Classicism and its specifics in European context;
– to identify classicist elements in a literary work;
– to interpret literary works influenced by Classicism.
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The emergence and development of European Classicism
  • 3. Puchmajer’s Almanachs an the classicist model of poetry
  • 4. Dialogues by Lusian of Samosata v the coordinates of Czech literary Classicism
  • 5. Classicist elements in Ján Kollár’s work
  • 6. Karel Alois Vinařický between Classicism and Romanticism
  • 7. Czech Classicism in music
  • 8. Czech translations from classical languages in the the 19th century
  • 9. Antiquity in the plays by Jaroslav Vrchlický
  • 10. Parnassianist modification of classicist elements: Václav Živsa by Svatopluk Čech
  • 11. Czech Neo-Classicism in the early 20th century
    required literature
  • TUREČEK, Dalibor, ZAJAC, Peter (eds.): Český a slovenský literární klasicismus. Brno: Host, 2017.
    recommended literature
  • KREJČÍ, Karel. Literatury a žánry v evropské dimenzi : nejen česká literatura v zorném poli komparatistiky. Edited by Marcel Černý - Vladimír Svatoň. Vyd. 1. Praha: Euroslavica, 2014. 663 s. ISBN 9788087825037. info
  • KREJČÍ, Karel. Česká literatura a kulturní proudy evropské. Praha: Československý spisovatel, 1975. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussion.
Assessment methods
At the end of the course, the student shall acquire an overview of Czech literary classicism.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.
General note: Předmět bude otevřen a vyučován při minimálním počtu 6 zapsaných studujících.

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