CJBC823 Fantasy Phenomenon - Seminar

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2016
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
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
Tue 12:30–14:05 K32
Students can enroll and graduate the seminar only at the same time with CJBC822 The Phenomenon of Fantastic Literature.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/25, only registered: 0/25, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/25
Course objectives
The seminar follows the lecture CJBC822 Phenomenon of Fantastic Literature and develops theoretical knowledge by active work with short texts.

Main objectives of the seminary:
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.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic literature for children and youth (dr. Luisa Nováková)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Jinočany: H & H, 1995. 555 s. ISBN 80-85787-90-3. 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). 1. vyd. Praha: Albatros, 1986. 412 s. : i. 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
thematic reading (compulsory texts), elaboration of analysis of given text and its written and oral presentation (homework), discussion on topic.
Assessment methods
reading of short texts (at disposal in advance), their analysis and presentation of the analysis, active participation on seminary (thematic discussion).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2014, Spring 2015.
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