CJBD01 Literary Criticism and Aesthetics I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
prof. PhDr. Milan Suchomel, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Zbyněk Fišer, Ph.D.
Department of Czech Literature - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Eva Zachová
Supplier department: Department of Czech Literature - Faculty of Arts
Wed 14:00–15:40 C33
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 22 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 7/22, only registered: 0/22, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/22
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Course description. The relationship between the two sciences is presented from the point of view of literary science, i.e. how is literary science connected with the problems aesthetics is dealing with, what can aesthetics provide literary science with, how can more general statesments of aesthetics help in more particular problems literary science is trying to solve. In the lecture there will also be mentioned areas, where aesthetics and literary science intersect or touch, some basic terms of aesthetics will be presented in greater detail as well as problems concerning ontology and epistemology of the work of art together with the specifics of artistic communication.
The students after finishing the course should be able:
to become familiar with primary and secondary literary theoretical and aesthetic sources connected to the subject;
to develop a basic set of concepts anchored in elementary conceptions of ancient philosophy and aesthetics
to formulate and interpret literary critical concepts and strategies in a wider context of history, sociology, linguistics, psychology and aesthetics
to adopt literary critical concepts and approaches to be applied to particular literary critical and artistic texts.
  • 1. Aesthetics - temptation and challenge. 2. Attempts to define aesthetics. 3. The main theses and contradictions of European aesthetic thinking in the works of Plato, Aristotle and Kant. 4. The symbiosis of aesthetics and philosophy. 5. Mimesis and poiesis. 6. Realism and reality; truth and semblance; the plurality world - reference; semantics of possible worlds. 7. Aesthetic reference and aesthetic attitude. 8. Possible ways of reading. 9. Experience of the "other" and aesthetic transcending. 10. New formulation of old theses and contradictions. 11. Aesthetic positivism vs. Russian formalist school. 12. "What is poetry like?" 13. The understanding of aesthetic object by Ingarden and Czech structuralism. 13. Value and evaluation. 14. Hermeneutics. 15. Structuralism and poststructuralism.
  • ZIMA, Petr V. Literární estetika. 2. vyd. Olomouc: Votobia, 1998. 447 s. ISBN 80-7198-329-2. info
  • JŮZL, Miloš and Dušan PROKOP. Úvod do estetiky :předmět a metody, dějiny, systém estetických kategorií a pojmů. 1. vyd. Praha: Panorama, 1989. 427 s. ISBN 80-7038-051-9. info
  • SOURIAU, Étienne. Encyklopedie estetiky. Translated by Zdeněk Hrbata. [1. vyd.]. Praha: Victoria Publishing, 1994. 939 s. ISBN 80-85605-18-X. info
  • HENCKMANN, Wolfhart and Konrad LOTTER. Estetický slovník. Translated by Dušan Prokop. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1995. 229 s. ISBN 8020504788. info
  • VOLEK, Jaroslav. Kapitoly z dějin estetiky : od antiky k počátku 20. stol. 1. vyd. Praha: Panton, 1969. 268 s. info
  • GILBERT, Katharine Everett and Helmut KUHN. Dějiny estetiky [Gilbert, 1965] : A history of esthetics (Orig.). Vyd. 1. Praha: Státní nakladatelství krásné literatury a umění, 1965. 502 s. info
  • MORPURGO-TAGLIABUE, Guido. Současná estetika : L'Esthétique contemporaine (Orig.). Translated by Zdena Plošková - Miloš Jůzl, Edited by Miloš Jůzl. 1. vyd. Praha: Odeon, 1985. 552 s. info
  • Umění, krása, šeredno; texty z estetiky 20. století. ed. Vlastimil Zuska, Praha: Karolinum, 2003.
  • CHVATÍK, Květoslav. Člověk a struktury :kapitoly z neostrukturálnív poetiky a estetiky. Vyd. 1. Praha: Český spisovatel, 1996. 206 s. ISBN 80-202-0583-7. info
  • MATHAUSER, Zdeněk. Mezi filosofií a poezií. Vyd. 1. Praha: Filosofia, 1995. 143 s. ISBN 80-7007-067-6. info
  • MATHAUSER, Zdeněk. Estetické alternativy :jazyk vědy a jazyk poezie. Praha: Gryf, 1994. 141 s. ISBN 80-85829-08-8. info
  • CHVATÍK, Květoslav. Strukturální estetika :řád věcí a řád člověka. 1. vyd. Praha: Victoria Publishing, 1994. 86 s. ISBN 80-85865-03-3. info
  • JANKOVIČ, Milan. Dílo jako dění smyslu. 1. vyd. Praha: Pražská imaginace ve spolupráci s Ústavem pro českou a slovenskou literaturu ČSAV, 1992. 94 p. ISBN 8071100609. info
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, Jan. Studie z estetiky [1-2956]. Praha: Odeon, 1966. info
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, Jan. Kapitoly z české poetiky. Díl 1, Obecné věci básnictví [Mukařovský, 1948]. Vyd. 2., dopl., ve Svobodě 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1948. 349 s. info
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, Jan. Kapitoly z české poetiky. Díl 2, K vývoji české poesie a prózy [Mukařovský, 1948]. Vyd. 2., dopl., ve Svobodě 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1948. 446 s. info
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, Jan. Kapitoly z české poetiky. Díl 3, Máchovské studie [Mukařovský, 1948]. Vyd. 2., dopl., ve Svobodě 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1948. 325 s. info
Teaching methods
Seminar is based on methods of presentation, analysis and synthesis of knowledge.
Assessment methods
In order to be given the credit the students must show their knowledge of the topic during a short oral interview.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: Předmět bude otevřen a vyučován při minimálním počtu 10 zapsaných studujících.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 1998, Autumn 1999, Autumn 2000, Autumn 2001, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2020.
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