CJBC654 Autobiography and Autofiction II

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: k (colloquium). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Zuzana Fonioková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jan Tlustý, 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
Tue 12:30–14:05 U33
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Studenti musí být schopni číst odborné texty v angličtině. Předchozí absolvování předmětu Autobiografie a autofikce I není nutné!
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 22 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 5/22, only registered: 0/22, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/22
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The subject aims to outline the basic theoretical concepts that deal with autobiography and autofiction, as well as apply these concepts in the analysis of concrete texts. The course shall also introduce the questions of narrative construction of identity, and autobiografical memory.
Learning outcomes
After the completion of the subject, the student will be able:
- to explain the basic theoretical concepts of autobiography and autofiction;
- to apply these concepts in the analysis of autobiographical texts;
- to grasp individual, psychological and philosofical, understanding of narrative construction of identity;
- to describe the basic elements of autobiographical memory;
- to reflect upon their own work of autobiographical stories;
  • - Introduction to the study of autobiography and autofiction
  • - Philippe Lejeune and his concept of autobiographical pact
  • - Autobiographical memory
  • - Narrative identity I: Paul Ricoeur
  • - Episodic situations of our lives (Ivan M. Havel)
  • - Writing about oneself by Bohumil Hrabal (Letters to Doubenka and other)
  • - Narrative identity II: the narrative psychology point of view
  • - Movie autobiography: Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth
  • - Identity in the age of social networks
  • - Paul John Eakin, Self and Self-Representation Online and Off
  • - Graphical autobiographies: Marjane Satrapi and Alison Bechdel
  • - Autobiography from gender point of view
  • Ivan M. HAVEL - "Epizodické situace našeho života", in B. VELICKÝ et al., Spor o přirozený svět, Filosofia: Praha 2010, s. 213-237
  • RICŒUR, Paul. O sobě samém jako o jiném. Translated by Milan Lyčka. Vydání první. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2016. 407 stran. ISBN 9788072984381. info
  • SMITH, Sidonie and Julia WATSON. Reading autobiography : a guide for interpreting life narratives. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. xiv, 394. ISBN 9780816669868. info
  • EAKIN, Paul John. Living autobiographically : how we create identity in narrative. 1st pub. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2008. xvii, 184. ISBN 9780801447242. info
  • EAKIN, Paul John. How our lives become stories : making selves. 1st pub. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999. xii, 207. ISBN 9780801436598. info
  • OLNEY, James. Memory & narrative : the weave of life-writing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998. xvi, 430. ISBN 0226628167. info
  • Women, autobiography, theory : a reader. Edited by Sidonie Smith - Julia Watson. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1998. xi, 526. ISBN 0299158446. info
  • LEJEUNE, Philippe. Le pacte autobiographique. Nouv. éd., augm. [Paris]: Éditions du Seuil, 1996. 381 s. ISBN 2020042932. info
  • EAKIN, Paul John. Fictions in autobiography : studies in the art of self-invent. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1985. ix, 288. ISBN 9780691601939. info
Teaching methods
Each seminar consists of a student’s presentation of a concrete autobiographical work, an introduction to the seminar’s topic by the teacher, as well as a discussion on the texts set as compulsory reading before the seminar. Creative tasts, such as personal writing or reflection on autobiographically tuned discourses as part of the discussion, shall be also expected on some of the seminars.
Assessment methods (in Czech)
prezentace na zadané téma a kolokvium NEBO 5stránková esej na zvolené téma a kolokvium; kolokvium obnáší diskusi o probíraných tématech a textech
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught only once.
General note: Předmět bude otevřen a vyučován při minimálním počtu 6 zapsaných studujících.

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