CJBC658 An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Fantastic Literature

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
prof. Brian Attebery (lecturer)
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 12:00–13:40 B2.13
In order to graduate from the course, you need to attend the lectures of the conference Fantasy and the myth in the Anthropocene (3-5. 10. 2018) and to use the gained knowledge in the final essay. For details see: fantastika.phil.muni.cz.
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: 25/150, only registered: 0/150, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/150
Course objectives
The cycle of lectures by foreign and Czech experts offers students insight into the exploration of fantastic literature from an interdisciplinary perspective, introduces the current theory of fantastic studies and focuses on the role of mythology and fantastic literature in the era of Anthropocene. Lectures will be held in Czech and English.
After completing the course students will be able to:
Orientate themselves in the presented theories and genres of fiction;
Recognize the inspiring possibilities of interdisciplinary approach towards fantastic literature;
Understand the effects of the fantastic literature and myth on the contemporary culture;
Acquire basic knowledge about the application of cognitive science at fantastic.
  • 3rd to 5th October 2018 - Participation in the lectures of the conference Fantasy and the myth in the Anthropocene: fantastika.phil.muni.cz.
  • During the semester more six lectures will follow. The lectures will be held by:
  • dr. Tereza Dědinová: Our life is a fantasy – Analysis of Fantastic Literature as a Vehicle for Changing the World
  • Mgr. Jan Czechaczek: lectures Three stages of Czech fantastic literature, Fourth stage of the Czech fantastic literature and Czechoslovakian fandom,
  • doc. Jan Havliš, Mgr. Jakub Jarina.
  • DĚDINOVÁ, Tereza, Zbyněk FIŠER, Jakub JARINA, Luisa NOVÁKOVÁ, Matěj ANTOŠ, Jana CINDLEROVÁ, Joanna CZAPLIŃSKA, Antonín DOLÁK, Michal FRÁNEK, Anna GNOT, Daniel JAKUBÍČEK, Jiří JELÍNEK, Zdeněk JEŽEK, Hana MÁLKOVÁ, Lenka NALDONIOVÁ, Ester NOVÁKOVÁ, Michaela PAUČO, Ondřej POMAHAČ, Martina SALHIOVÁ, Jakub SOUČEK and Helena ULBRECHTOVÁ. Na rozhraní světů. Fantastická literatura v mezioborovém zkoumání (At the Edge of the Worlds. Fantastic Literature in Interdisciplinary Exploration). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2016. 376 pp. Spisy Filozofické fakulty Masarykovy univerzity, sv. 454. ISBN 978-80-210-8441-4. doi:10.5817/CZ.MUNI.M210-8441-2016. Digitální knihovna FF MU Munishop info
  • DĚDINOVÁ, Tereza. Fantastická literatura v českém kontextu jako výzva literární vědě (Fantastic literature in Czech context as a challenge for theory of literature). Česká literatura, Praha: AV ČR, Ústav pro českou literaturu, 2015, vol. 63, No 2, p. 183-211. ISSN 0009-0468. info
  • DĚDINOVÁ, Tereza. Po divné krajině : charakteristika a vnitřní členění fantastické literatury (Through a Strange Landscape : Characteristics and Inner Structuring of Fantastic Literature). 1., elektronické vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2015. 228 pp. Spisy Filozofické fakulty Masarykovy univerzity, sv. 433. ISBN 978-80-210-7872-7. doi:10.5817/CZ.MUNI.M210-7872-2015. Munishop Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • NIKOLAJEVA, Maria. Reading for learning : cognitive approaches to children's literature. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014. viii, 247. ISBN 9789027201577. info
  • ATTEBERY, Brian. Stories about stories : fantasy and the remaking of myth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 240 s. ISBN 9780199316069. info
  • Parabolas of science fiction. Edited by Brian Attebery - Veronica Hollinger. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2013. xv, 312. ISBN 9780819573681. info
  • 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 fantasy literature. Edited by Edward James - Farah Mendlesohn. New York, N.Y.: Cambridge University Press, 2012. xxiv, 268. ISBN 9780521728737. info
  • HOGAN, Patrick Colm. What literature teaches us about emotion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. xiii, 336. ISBN 9781107477742. info
  • OZIEWICZ, Marek. One earth, one people : the mythopoeic fantasy series of Ursula K. Le Guin, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L'Engle and Orson Scott Card. Edited by Brian Attebery. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2008. vii, 263. ISBN 9780786431359. info
  • Rhetorics of fantasy. Edited by Farah Mendlesohn. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2008. xxv, 306 p. ISBN 9780819573919. info
  • HOGAN, Patrick Colm. Cognitive science, literature, and the arts : a guide for humanists. New York: Routledge, 2003. 244 stran. ISBN 0415942454. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ATTEBERY, Brian. Strategies of fantasy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1992. xiv, 152. ISBN 0253310709. info
  • ATTEBERY, Brian. The fantasy tradition in American literature : from Irving to Le Guin. Bloomington: Indiana Universithy Press, 1980. viii, 212. ISBN 0253356652. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, discussion on the topic
Assessment methods
Thematic Essay.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.

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