CJBC822 Fantasy Phenomenon

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2016
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Tereza Dědinová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Luisa Nováková, 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 10:00–10:45 C33
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: 3/150, only registered: 1/150, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/150
Course objectives
Main objectives of the lecture:
recognition of individual sub-genres;
specification and clarification of the term fantastic literature;
understanding of its particularity and footing in a frame of imaginative literature;
analysis of traditional attribution of SF to less serious streams in literature using texts of chosen authors of SF (speculative fiction, so not only science fiction);
At the end of the course students should:
be acquainted within categories of fantastic literature;
understand approaches in analysis of fantastic literature;
manage the basic theoretical background for understanding of those approaches;
interpret fantastic motives in literary work;
In addition, students will be able to actively complement other relevant fundamental and theoretical literature, will have an overview of the emerging possibilities of studying fantastic literature.
  • What at all is fantastic literature and what are features?
  • Description and differentiation of realistic and fantastic streams in literature, roots of their origin and their blending together.
  • Inner-structuring of fantastic literature – traditional (science fiction, fantasy, horror), according to the fictional domain (fictional world), the function of a fantastic element.
  • Criteria and pitfalls of such structuring.
  • Resources of fantastic literature, its connection to myth.
  • Elementary functions of speculative literature, its balance and imbalance in particular pieces of art. Reasons, why authors reach for fantastic motives.
  • Role of speculative literature in society.
  • Reasons for common attribution of SF into second-rate, escapist literature, elucidation of criteria and prejudices.
  • Fantastic and imaginative literature, fantastic literature in postmodern literature.
  • Fantastic literature in Czech and world context.
  • TRAILL, NANCY H. Possible worlds of the fantastic: The Rise of the Paranormal in Fiction. 1. vyd. Praha: Academia, 2011. 228 pp. ISBN 978-80-200-1908-0. info
  • HOUŽVIČKA, Přemysl. Bibliografie české science fiction a fantaskní literatury z let 1853-1949. Praha: vlastním nákladem autora, 2006. info
  • MACEK, Jakub. Fandom a text (Fandom and Text). Praha: Triton, 2006. 148 pp. Fandom a SF. ISBN 80-7254-856-5. info
  • LANGER, Aleš. Průvodce paralelními světy. Praha: TRITON, 2006. info
  • Speculations on speculation : theories of science fiction. Edited by James Gunn - Matthew Candelaria. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2005. xix, 374. ISBN 081084902X. 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
  • HEREC, Ondrej. Fantastika a realizmus. Bratislava: Národné osvetové centrum, 1999. info
  • ECO, Umberto. Šest procházek literárními lesy :přednášky na Harvardově univerzitě. Translated by Bronislava Grygová. v Olomouci: Votobia, 1997. 196 s. ISBN 80-7198-248-2. info
  • Encyklopedie literatury science fiction. Edited by Ondřej Neff - Jaroslav Olša. Praha: H & H, 1995. 555 s. ISBN 80-85390-33-7. info
  • ADAMOVIČ, Ivan. Slovník české literární fantastiky a science fiction. Edited by Ondřej Neff. Vyd. 1. Praha: R3, 1995. 349 s. ISBN 8085364573. info
  • KULKA, Tomáš. Umění a kýč. Praha: Torst, 1994. 183 s. ISBN 80-85639-17-3. info
  • ŠRÁMEK, Jiří. Morfologie fantastické povídky. Vyd. 1. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 1993. 136 s. ISBN 8021007001. 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
  • KAGARLICKIJ, Julij. Fantastika, utopie, antiutopie. Praha: Panorama, 1982. info
  • NEFF, Ondřej. Něco je jinak : komentáře k české literární fantastice [21094]. Praha: Albatros, 1981. info
  • GENČIOVÁ, Miroslava. Vědeckofantastická literatura : srovnávací žánrová studie. 1. vyd. V Praze, 1980. 177 s. info
Teaching methods
lecture, explication to, in synopsis given, theme
Assessment methods
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2019.
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