LJ310 Muses in Difficult Times

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Danuša Čižmíková, PhD. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lucie Mazalová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Katarina Petrovićová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Josef Petrželka, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Irena Radová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Daniela Urbanová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Nicole Votavová Sumelidisová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Viktor Zavřel (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
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Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
This course offers a taste of literary works written in connection with isolation and life in seclusion in the broadest sense from Antiquity to the Modern Period. Based on detailed commented reading, students will get to know these literary works in the wider context of the given historical situation. The aim of the course is to show parallels in the development of European literature in various periods. Students will learn to independently interpret selected texts.
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- list the most important Ancient Greek and Roman literary products that were written in exile or another type of isolation and characterise them;
- characterise selected texts from the Latin Middle Ages that were written during a period of crisis or deal with crisis;
- characterise selected modern texts stemming from the Mediterranean that were written during a period of crisis or deal with crisis.
  • 1. Socrates and the Muses in prison
  • 2. The need to have a (bad) experience for philosophy and life; Plato's letter n. VII.
  • 3. Euterpe and her friends on the run or Gree lyrics in exile
  • 4. Works and Days/Lysistrate
  • 5. Cicero as an exile author
  • 6. Deserted Ovid
  • 7. Monastic seclusion and the Dark Ages
  • 8. How medieval Antichrist chased his faithful and burnt their books (Milíč, Hus and Jerome of Prague)
  • 9. Plague and medieval medicinal treatises
  • 10. Medival VIP prison: Jan Hus in Constance
  • 11. Lonely voyages through fantastic worlds (Navigation of St. Brendan and others)
  • 12. Contemplation in modern Arabic literature (Adaníja Šiblí: Mirroring, Džamál al-Ghítání: Pyramidal texts)
  • 13. Aegean islands as places of isolation for the opponents of the Greek regime (A. Fragkias: Epidemic etc.)
    required literature
  • RATPERTUS and ECCARDUS. Osudy Svatohavelského kláštera. Edited by Jana Nechutová. Vydání první. Praha: Argo, 2020. 259 stran. ISBN 9788025732625. info
  • HUS, Jan. Mistr Jan Hus v polemice a v žaláři : překlady, komentáře a poznámky. Edited by Jana Nechutová - Jana Malá. Vydání první. Brno: Filozofická fakulta, Masarykova univerzita, 2019. 182 stran. ISBN 9788021093232. info
  • Bájné plavby do jiných světů. Edited by Magdalena Moravová, Translated by Eva Hladká-Kučerňáková - Danie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2010. 178 s. ISBN 9788025703656. info
  • PLATÓN. Euthyfrón ; Obrana Sókratova ; Kritón ; Faidón ; Kratylos ; Theaitétos ; Sofistés ; Politikos. Translated by František Novotný. Vyd. 1. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2003. 558 s. ISBN 8072980629. info
  • FRAGKIAS, Antreas. Loimos : mythistorīma. 11ī ekdosī. Athīna: Kedros, 2002. 252 s. ISBN 9600404046. info
  • PLATÓN. Listy. Translated by František Novotný. 3. vyd. Praha: Oikoymenh, 1996. 103 s. ISBN 8086005089. info
  • Řecká lyrika. Translated by Ferdinand Stiebitz. Vyd. 1. Praha: Státní nakladatelství krásné literatury, hudby a umění, 1954. 356 s. info
    recommended literature
  • Milíč z Kroměřéže. Poslání papeži Urbanu V. Přel. F. Loskot. Praha 1948.
  • MACKLEY, Jude S., The Legend of St Brendan. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2008. SOBECKI, Sebastian, The Sea and Medieval English Literature. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2008, s.25-55.
  • PANOURGIÁ, Neni. Dangerous citizens the Greek Left and the terror of the state. 1st ed. New York: Fordham University Press, 2009. xxx, 302. ISBN 9780823229680. info
  • RITSOS, Jannis. Poiémata. Athéna: Kedros, 2009. 334 s. ISBN 9789600403404. info
  • HUS, Jan. M. Jana Husi Korespondence a dokumenty : Korespondence a dokumenty (Variant.). Edited by Václav [historik] Novotný. V Praze: Nákladem komise pro vydávání pramenů náboženského hnutí českého, 1920. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, close reading.
Assessment methods
Requirements for credit: passing a written test consisting of multiple-choice questions as well as open answers, minimum pass level 60%. Points will be deducted for wrong answers.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught: every week.
Teacher's information
Only selected parts from the literature assigned above will be read.

Abstracts from the Modern Greek literature (Fragkias, Ritsos) will be available in Czech or English translation.

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