CJBC639 History of Fantasy in Czech and International context - Lesson

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Tereza Dědinová, 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 10:50–12:25 B2.13
Prerequisites (in Czech)
První lekce se uskuteční ve středu 28. 2.!
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 150 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 59/150, only registered: 0/150, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/150
Course objectives
Main objectives of the lecture:
Specification and clarification of the term fantastic literature;
Mastering the fundamentals of the history and development of fantastic literature in the world and in the Czech context;
Understanding the position of fantastic literature in Czech culture.
Introduction to the work of prominent authors.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should:
Be acquainted with categories of fantastic literature;
Be able to identify key points in the development of fantastic literature in the world and in Czech context;
Distinguish modern fantastic literature and its taproot texts
Determine the founding works of fiction;
Interpret fantastic texts in relation to their historical context;
In addition, students will be able to actively complement other relevant fundamental and theoretical literature by receiving an overview of the emerging possibilities of studying fantastic literature.
  • What we are talking about when we talk about fantastic literature - intuitive definition of fantastic literature, fantastic element, level of professional reflection of fantastic literature in the Czech Republic and abroad, introduction of available literature.
  • Where does the fantastic literature begin? - fantastic literature and mythology, religion, taproot texts, predecessors of modern fantastic.
  • The beginnings of science fiction and fantasy in the USA, in Western and Eastern Europe.
  • Fantastic literature in the early 20th century.
  • New wave in the 60s.
  • Fantastic literature today.
  • The beginnings of Czech fantastic literature.
  • Fantastic literature in the age of totalitarianism.
  • Fantastic coup after the Velvet Revolution.
  • Czech fantastic literature today.
    recommended literature
  • MENDLESOHN, Farah and Edward JAMES. A short history of fantasy. Rev. and updated ed. Faringdon: Libri, 2012. 285 s. ISBN 9781907471667. info
  • The Cambridge companion to science fiction. Edited by Edward James - Farah Mendlesohn. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xxvii, 295. ISBN 9780521016575. info
  • LANDON, Brooks. Science fiction after 1900 : from the steam man to the stars. 1st Routledge pbk. ed. New York: Routledge, 2002. xxxii, 251. ISBN 0415938880. info
  • ALKON, Paul K. Science fiction before 1900 : imagination discovers technology. 1st Routledge pbk. ed. New York: Routledge, 2002. xix, 176. ISBN 0415938872. info
  • The encyclopedia of fantasy. Edited by John Clute - John Grant - Michael Ashley - David G. Hartwell - Gary We. 1st pub. London: Orbit, 1997. xvi, 1049. ISBN 1857233689. info
  • Encyklopedie literatury science fiction. Edited by Ondřej Neff - Jaroslav Olša. Jinočany: H & H, 1995. 555 s. ISBN 8085787903. info
  • The encyclopedia of science fiction. Edited by John Clute - Peter Nicholls - Brian M. Stableford - John Grant. 1st pub. London: Orbit, 1993. xxxvi, 137. ISBN 1857231244. info
  • NEFF, Ondřej. Všechno je jinak : kapitoly o světové science fiction [Neff, 1986]. Praha: Albatros, 1986. info
  • NEFF, Ondřej. Tři eseje o české sci-fi. Praha: Československý spisovatel, 1985. info
    not specified
  • The Cambridge companion to fantasy literature. Edited by Edward James - Farah Mendlesohn. New York, N.Y.: Cambridge University Press, 2012. xxiv, 268. ISBN 9780521728737. info
  • ADAMOVIČ, Ivan. Slovník české literární fantastiky a science fiction. Edited by Ondřej Neff. Vyd. 1. Praha: R3, 1995. 349 s. ISBN 8085364573. info
  • NEFF, Ondřej. Něco je jinak : komentáře k české literární fantastice [21094]. Praha: Albatros, 1981. info
Teaching methods
lectures, explication of topics included in syllabus
Assessment methods
final credit test
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
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.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2019.
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