JSB251 South Slavic Literature of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Era

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Petr Stehlík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petr Stehlík, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Petr Stehlík, Ph.D.
Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Petr Stehlík, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Thu 16:00–17:40 B2.34
! JSS205 Older South Slavic Lit.
Seminar is based on reading examples from representative works in Czech translations, that means solid and consistent home preparation. Course is suitable for students of all programs that want to gain knowledge about older literary and cultural traditions of South Slavs (both examples of texts and study literature is in Czech).
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to provide an overview of development of older South Slav literary tradition since Saint Cyril and Methodius till end of 18th century. Lectures focus on aesthetic and intellectual traditions that continued their presence in thoughts and works of then writers and intellectuals in extremely diverse South Slavic area before the conceptualization of modern national literatures. The mentioned diversity caused many specifics of South Slavic literary development that will be discussed during the lectures, putting them into wider European (and domestic) historical and cultural circumstances. Based on contextual analysis of representative works, lectures, audio-visual material and study literature, students will be introduced to South Slavic literature of the Middle Ages, renaissance, baroque and enlightenment. This topic covers rich literary tradition, while its parts are being perceived as a part of more national literary traditions.
Learning outcomes
Absolvent of this course will gain overview of literary traditions of Serbs, Bulgarians, Croatians, Bosniaks, Slovenes, Macedonians and Montenegrins. Student will be able to name the contributions these nations made to the cultural treasure of humankind.
  • 1) At the beginning of Slavic scholarship: Mission to Great Moravia, legacy of Saint Cyril and Methodius
  • 2) Golden age of Bulgarian literature: Preslav and Ohrid literary school
  • 3) In between Glagolitic, Cyrillic and Latin alphabet: Croatian literature of Middle Ages
  • 4) In the name of church and state: Serbian literature of Middle Ages
  • 5) In between faith and heresies: Bulgarian literature of Middle Ages
  • 6) Slavic orthodoxy in Ottoman empire: South Slavic literary association
  • 7) Stronghold of the West in the Ottoman Balkan: Renaissance literature of Dubrovnik and Dalmatia
  • 8) In the name of letterpress and folk language: Reformation and the birth of Slovene literature
  • 9) Ravelin of Christian world and Slavonic intercommunity: Croatian baroque literature
  • 10) In the name of Bosnia and "our people": Literature of Bosnian Franciscans
  • 11) Between Europe and Orient: Literary traditions of Slavic Muslims
  • 12) To teach and to entertain: Enlightenment in South Slavic literary tradition
  • Slovník spisovatelů : Jugoslávie : srbská a černohorská, charvátská, bosensko-hercegovská, slovinská a makedonská literatura [19389]. Praha: Odeon, 1979. info
  • DOROVSKÝ, Ivan. Slovník balkánských spisovatelů. Praha: Libri, 2001. 683 pp. info
  • DOROVSKÝ, Ivan. Slovník spisovatelů : Bulharsko. Praha: Odeon, 1978. info
  • VAŠICA, Josef. Literární památky epochy velkomoravské 863-885. Vyd. 2. Praha: Vyšehrad, 1996. 340 s. ISBN 8070211695. info
  • Zlatý věk bulharského písemnictví : výbor textů od X. do počátku XV. století. Edited by Věnceslava Bechyňová - Zoe Hauptová. 1. vyd. Praha: Vyšehrad, 1982. 439 s. info
  • Koráb korálový : tisíc let charvátské poezie v díle stovky básníků. Translated by Dušan Karpatský. Vyd. 1. V Praze: Fori Prague, 2007. 750 s. ISBN 9788023995947. info
  • PAVELKA, Jiří and Ivo POSPÍŠIL. Slovník epoch, směrů, skupin a manifestů. Brno: Georgetown, 1993. 290 s. ISBN 8090160409. info
  • DALŠÍ DOPORUČENÁ LITERATURA - Viz seznam ve studijních materiálech
Teaching methods
Lectures, home reading, class discussion. Solid and consistent home preparation is needed (reading of selected texts and their analysis).
Assessment methods
Prerequisites for granting the credit: regular attendance and thorough home preparation on weekly basis, participation in class discussion. Oral exam.
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Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.

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