FF:ESB094 Chesterton, Tolkien and Arts - Course Information

ESB094 Chesterton and Tolkien as Art Critics

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
prof. PhDr. Petr Osolsobě, Ph.D. (lecturer)
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
Thu 10:00–11:40 D21
Course is taught in Czech language, though advanced students are recommanded to read in original. Discussion, interpretation, and vital application unto the contemporary culture.
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 60 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 21/60, only registered: 0/60, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/60
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 – 1936) was one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction. Chesterton influenced authors like Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene, Harold Bloom, Evelyn Waugh, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Karel Čapek, Paul Claudel, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Sigrid Undset, Igmar Bergman, Kingsley Amis, W. H. Auden, Orson Welles, Franz Kafka, C.S. Lewis a J.R.R. Tolkien.
Learning outcomes
To learn a substantial part of Chesterton's thoughts about art, beauty and culture, and their creative development.
  • A close reading and analysis of the main critical attitudes as contained in Chesterton's collections of essays HERETICS and ORTHODOXY, and Tolkien's reflection ON FAIRIES (with a regard to the implicit aesthetics in his famous trilogy Lord of the Rings).
  • 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
  • CHESTERTON, G. K. Ortodoxie. Brno: Nakladatelství Tomáše Janečka, 1993. 156 s. ISBN 80-900802-4-3. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, discussions,1 short essay.
Assessment methods
a colloquium on a chosen theme
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017.
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