MEDMgr04 Selected Topics of Medieval and Humanistic literature

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Jana Malá, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lucie Mazalová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Katarina Petrovićová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Tue 12:30–14:05 K32
Students have to pass the BA examination (specifically the course MED10 "Basics of Medieval Latin Literature").
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
Course objectives
The course focuses on the continuity between the Ancient (Latin) and Medieval literature and literary culture in a broader cultural and historical context. Based on several cases studies and in-depth reading of selected medieval Latin treatises, it pursues the connections between Latin literature and the emerging vernacular production. Special emphasis is placed on the most important cultural centers in Europe and the phenomenon of the medieval returns to Antiquity.
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
- discuss the continuity between the Ancient (Latin) and Medieval literature and literary culture in a broader cultural and historical context;
- evaluate the essence and meaning of medieval returns to Antiquity up to the phase of Renaissance Humanism;
- interpret and comment on a selected medieval treatise in a broader context.
  • Late Antiquity - prerequisites for later developments in both secular and religious literature.
  • Aurelius Augustinus - De civitate Dei, Confessiones, De doctrina christiana (in translations).
  • Boethius, Consolatio philosophiae (in translation).
  • Medieval schooling in the Early and Late Middle Ages.
  • Significance of poetics and rhetorics.
  • Classical texts in the medieval literature (authorities).
  • Authority of the Bible.
  • Phenomenon of the humanism of the 12th century.
  • Petrarch and the beginnings of the Italian humanism.
  • Beginnings of humanism in Bohemia, the so-called protohumanism.
    required literature
  • NECHUTOVÁ, Jana and Dana STEHLÍKOVÁ. Stručné dějiny latinské literatury středověku (Companion to the Medieval Latin Literature). 1. vyd. Praha: Arista - Baset, 2013. 312 pp. ISBN 978-80-86410-70-8. info
  • CURTIUS, Ernst Robert. Evropská literatura a latinský středověk. Vyd. 1. Praha: Triáda, 1998. 738 s. ISBN 80-86138-07-0. info
    recommended literature
  • Spunar, Pavel. Středověká vzdělanost. In: Svět středověku. Praha, 1969.
  • Nechutová, Jana. Středověk a antická kultura. In: Středověká latina. Praha, 2002.
  • KEPARTOVÁ, Jana. Římané a Evropa. Antické dědictví v evropské kultuře. 1. vyd. Praha: Karolinum, 2005. 298 pp. ISBN 80-246-0862-6. info
  • NECHUTOVÁ, Jana. Aurelius Augustinus, Křesťanská vzdělanost - De doctrina christiana (Aurelius Augustinus, The Christian Doctrine). Praha: Vyšehrad, 2004. 232 pp. ISBN 80-7021-740-5. info
  • NECHUTOVÁ, Jana. Úděl a útěcha. Brno: EMAN, 1995. 158 s. ISBN 80-900696-8-1. info
  • Sestra múza : světská poezie latinského středověku. Praha: Odeon, 1990. ISBN 8020701451. info
  • BOËTHIUS, Anicius Manlius Severinu. Boëthius : poslední Říman. Translated by Václav Bahník. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 1981. 205 s. info
  • VARCL, Ladislav. Antika a česká kultura. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1978. 575 s., [6. info
Teaching methods
Lecture and seminar; working with Ancient and Medieval Latin texts (in translation); presentation of a selected medieval treatise with detailed commentary.
Assessment methods
Evaluation of the presented commentary of a selected medieval treatise; final written test focusing on topics discussed during the semester.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2014, Spring 2016.
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