LMKB204 Contemporary fiction in English and its cultural contexts

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Zuzana Fonioková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Zbyněk Fišer, Ph.D.
Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Eva Zachová
Supplier department: Department of Czech Literature and Library Studies - Faculty of Arts
Wed 12:00–13:40 B2.51
The participants of the course are expected to read literary texts in English.
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 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 10/25, only registered: 0/25, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/25
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of this course is to acquaint students with selected significant works of literatures in English after 1945. It will also provide them with information on the culture in which the works were written and which they both reflect and co-create. The texts will be interpreted as literary works and analyzed as a part of the given culture. The context and cultural background of the works will also be discussed. In addition, the course will focus on intercultural and intertextual communication with regard to the analyzed texts.
  • 20.2. úvodní hodina
  • 27.2. literatura a subverze: Stephen Greenblatt, "Culture"; Kazuo Ishiguro, "Family Supper"; Atwood, Happy Endings;
  • 6.3. Queer voices: Jackie Kay, “Wish You Were Here”, Ali Smith, "Blank Card", Garrard Conley: „Trump's America Includes Gay Conversion Therapy“;
  • 13.3. Jihoafrická republika po apartheidu: John Maxwell Coetzee, Disgrace;
  • 20.3. Black feminism: Alice Walker, “How Did I Get Away with Killing One of the Biggest Lawyers in the State? It Was Easy.”, “Advancing Luna – and Ida B. Wells”, bell hooks: Bone Black (úryvek)
  • 27.3. Nový Zéland 1 – Maori: Witi Ihimaera – povídka; Apirana Taylor – „Fish Heads“; Patricia Grace – „A Special Stone“; příběh „Little Tieke, the Dancing Thief“;
  • 3.4. Nový Zéland 2 – Pakeha: Janet Frame, Bill Manhire;
  • 10.4. rok 2016: Ali Smith, Autumn (part 1 + 2); Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny (úryvky);
  • 17.4. transgrese, komiks: Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor's Tale I (My Father Bleeds History) + II (And Here My Troubles Began) (část);
  • 24.4. underground comix: Aline Kominsky Crumb; Phoebe Gloeckner; Chester Brown
  • 1.5. státní svátek
  • 8.5. státní svátek
  • 15.5. (film Diary of a Teenage Girl)
  • SMITH, Ali. Autumn : a novel. First Anchor Books edition. New York: Anchor Books, 2017. 264 stran. ISBN 9781101969946. info
  • SNYDER, Timothy. Tyranie : 20 lekcí z 20. století. Translated by Martin Pokorný. Vydání první. V Praze: Paseka, 2017. 116 stran. ISBN 9788072603596. info
  • BRAUNER, David. Contemporary American fiction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010. xviii, 236. ISBN 9780748622689. info
  • O'DONNELL, Patrick. The American novel now : reading contemporary American fiction since 1980. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. xi, 234. ISBN 9781405167574. info
  • Contemporary British fiction. Edited by Nick Bentley. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008. xiv, 245 p. ISBN 9780748624201. info
  • BRADFORD, Richard. The novel now : contemporary British fiction. 1st pub. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2007. vii, 259. ISBN 9781405113861. info
  • A concise companion to contemporary British fiction. Edited by James F. English. Malden: Blackwell, 2006. xi, 281. ISBN 9781405120012. info
  • SPIEGELMAN, Art. In the shadow of no towers. New York: Pantheon Books, 2004. 38 nečís. ISBN 9780375423079. info
  • SPIEGELMAN, Art. Maus : a survivor's tale. London: Penguin Books, 2003. 295 s. ISBN 9780141014081. info
  • COETZEE, J. M. Disgrace. London: Vintage, 2000. 219 s. ISBN 0099289520. info
  • WALKER, Alice. You can't keep a good woman down : stories. 1st Harvest ed. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1981. 167 s. ISBN 0156997789. info
Teaching methods
Seminars include the teacher's mini-lectures introducing the topic, student presentations, textual analysis, group and class discussions, and projection of audiovisual materials.
Assessment methods
presentation on one of the discussed topics, final colloquium in the form of discussion about the assigned primary literature
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 0.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015.
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