ESA056 Shakespeare's Defense of the Holy Marriage

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
prof. PhDr. Petr Osolsobě, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Petr Osolsobě, Ph.D.
Department of Aesthetics - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Ing. Ivana Vašinová
Supplier department: Department of Aesthetics - Faculty of Arts
Tue 10:00–11:40 B2.13
The course is a very good way to develop advanced academic reading abilities in classical literature. Students must be able to present and defend their own opinions and to accept constructive criticism and advice. Tackling topics in depth and defending the arguments in their written work sharpens their thinking.
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 100 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 66/100, only registered: 0/100, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/100
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is a) to get a better knowledge of Shakespeare; b) to learn the method of analyzes and interpretation according to the philosophical and religious views of the Elizabethan epoch.
Learning outcomes
Student will increase his ability to analyze and interpret Shakespeare's works combining several humanistic approaches, the historical, ethico-philosophical, linguistic and artistic. That is why and especially recommandable to all university students.
  • This is a very unusual approach to Shakespeare's plays and poems, nevertheless utterly substantiated with a hoard of evidences. Our bard is an overt and staunch defender of the sacrality of marrige, and, nota bene, in the age of its crisis and defamation - think only about the divorce of Henry VIII and its consequences and the exclusion of the marriage from the seven sacraments done various reformers in the 16th century. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Henry V and Henry VIII, All's Well, Winter's Tale, Cymbelin and even Othello supply many examples, topics and declarations that will be analyzed in the course of the semester. A contract of eternal bond of love, Confirm'd by mutual joinder of your hands, Attested by the holy close of lips, Strengthen'd by interchangement of your rings; And all the ceremony of this compact Seal'd in my function, by my testimony. Twelfth Night 5.1
  • OSOLSOBĚ, Petr. Umění a ctnost (Art and Virtue). Brno: Barrister & Principal, o.s., 2013. 300 pp. Dějiny a teorie umění. ISBN 978-80-7485-015-8. info
  • OSOLSOBĚ, Petr. Sir Thomas More: Less Collaborative, More Shakespearean. Pavel Drábek, Klára Kolinská and Matthew Nicholls, eds. In Shakespeare and His Collaborators over the Centuries. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008. p. 67-75, 9 pp. ISBN 978-1-84718-978-3. info
  • OSOLSOBĚ, Petr. The Order of Love. In Ordo Amoris, or Woodworm in the Tree of Knowledge. Brno: FOTEP, 2005. p. 121-132, 9 pp. edition of Libor Teplý. ISBN 80-86871-03-7. info
  • HODEK, Břetislav. William Shakespeare : kronika hereckého života. Praha: Naše vojsko, 1994. ISBN 8020604820. info
  • CHUDOBA, František. Kniha o Shakespearovi. D. 2, Dílo. V Praze: Jan Laichter, 1943. 854 s. : i. info
Teaching methods
Analysis of plays, aesthetic and historical interpretation.
Assessment methods
written test from three selected plays
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught only once.
General note: Předmět je vhodný pro všechny posluchače MU.

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