CJBC827 Interpretation of Fantastic literature

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
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
Wed 14:00–15:40 B2.32
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: 8/25, only registered: 0/25, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/25
Course objectives
The seminar focuses on the interpretation of fantastic literature in overlap to the film, serial and game adaptations. Attention will be also paid to the illustrations in the fantastic literature. The main focus will be on the concept of character, plot and style characteristic for fantastic literature, in relation to the theoretical study of these aspects we analyze the problematic relationship between archetype and cliché and puts them in a wider context.

After completing the course, students will be able to:
Interpret texts of fantastic literature;
Critically examine the fantastic elements in film and serial adaptations;
Orient themselves in the history and present of Czech illustration within fantastic literature;
Recognize a schematic and archetypal characters and plots;
Analyze typical and untypical stylistic elements of fantasy narratives.
  • Character, plot and style in the fantastic literature;
  • Analysis of novels: Johanna Sinisalo: Ne před slunce západem / Jádro slunce ;
  • Michel Faber: Kniha zvláštních nových věcí;
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: Levá ruka tmy;
  • Analysis of selected short stories;
  • Analysis of film adaptation of literary works (Příchozí / V jako vendeta);
  • Analysis of serial adaptation of comics (Lucifer);
  • Illustration within fantastic literature (before 1989 and nowadays);
  • The concept of heroes in games;
  • Negotiated topic.
  • DĚDINOVÁ, Tereza. Hrdina jako archetyp, nebo stereotyp? Úloha postavy ve fantastické literatuře (The hero as an archetype or a stereotype? The role of character in fantastic literature). Universitas, Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2016, vol. 49, No 3, p. 9-15. ISSN 1211-3387. 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
  • ATTEBERY, Brian. Stories about stories : fantasy and the remaking of myth. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 240 s. ISBN 9780199316069. 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
  • MENDLESOHN, Farah. Rhetorics of fantasy. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2008. xxv, 306. ISBN 9780819568670. 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
  • 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
  • The language of the night : essays on fantasy and science fiction. Edited by Susan Wood - Ursula K. Le Guin. Rev. ed. London: Women's Press, 1989. 210 s. ISBN 0704342022. info
  • HUME, Kathryn. Fantasy and Mimesis : responses to reality in western literature. New York: Methuen, 1984. xvi, 213. ISBN 0416380204. info
Teaching methods
Thematic reading (compulsory texts), elaboration of analysis of given text and its oral presentation (homework), discussion on topic.
Assessment methods
Presentation on seminary, active participation on seminary (thematic discussion), two absences.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2017.
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