CJBC826 An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Fantastic Literature I

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 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
Thu 10:50–12:25 B2.13
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: 20/150, only registered: 0/150, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/150
Course objectives
A series of lectures offers an insight into exploring of the fantastic literature from an interdisciplinary perspective, presents a recent theories of fantastic literature, focuses on the the development of selected fantastic genres and on the sociological analysis of fandom subculture. Attention will be paid to selected representations of fantastic within Czech culture.

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 impact of Fantastic on contemporary culture;
They will familiar with the development of Czechoslovak fandom;
Acquire basic knowledge about the application of cognitive science at fantastic.
  • How to theorise over fantastic literature;
  • The beginnings of paranormal mode in American fantastic literature: Charles Brockden Brown and Edgar Allan Poe;
  • Czech fantastic literature of the 19. Century;
  • Supernatural on stage during interwar period;
  • Inner structuring of fantastic literature by the function of fantastic element and its relation to the real world;
  • Cyberpunk, gender and heroines stereotypization;
  • The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers and the birth of steampunk;
  • On the road with American Gods by Neil Gaiman;
  • Metamorphosis of the Anglo-American fantastic literature in the twenty-first century;
  • (Utopian) visions of nowadays anglophone science fiction poetry;
  • Practical experience of editor of fantastic literature;
  • Cooperation and / or commodification? Czech fandom subculture and its transformation after 1989.
  • DĚDINOVÁ, Tereza. Po divné krajině : charakteristika a vnitřní členění fantastické literatury (Through a Strange Landscape : Characteristics and Inner Structuring of Fantastic Literature). Vydání první. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2015. 228 pp. Spisy Filozofické fakulty Masarykovy univerzity = Opera Facultatis philosophicae Universitatis Masarykianae; 433. ISBN 978-80-210-7871-0. Digitální knihovna FF MU 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
  • Rhetorics of fantasy. Edited by Farah Mendlesohn. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2008. xxv, 306 p. ISBN 9780819573919. info
  • TOLKIEN, J. R. R. Netvoři a kritikové a jiné eseje. Translated by Jan Čermák. Vyd. v tomto souboru 1. Praha: Argo, 2006. 266 s. ISBN 8072037889. info
  • Speculations on speculation : theories of science fiction. Edited by James Gunn - Matthew Candelaria. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2005. xix, 374. ISBN 081084902X. info
  • MATHEWS, Richard. Fantasy : the liberation of imagination. 1st Routledge pbk. ed. New York: Routledge, 2002. xx, 223. ISBN 0415938902. 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
  • SWINFEN, Ann. In defence of fantasy : a study of the genre in English and American literature since 1945. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984. x, 253. ISBN 0710095252. 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
Lecture, explication to, in synopsis given, theme.
Assessment methods
A test, at least 60 percent of correct answers.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.

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