JSB055 Novel in the Balkans

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Petr Stehlík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petr Stehlík, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Pavel Pilch, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Pavel Pilch, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Dime Mitrevski (lecturer)
Mgr. Dime Mitrevski (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Pavel Krejčí, 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
each odd Tuesday 14:00–15:50 A31
Seminar is based on reading six novels of Balkans authors in Czech translations, that means solid and consistent home preparation.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The aim of this course is to present poetic, thematic and ideological width of Balkans novel, based on contextual analysis of the peak works of famous South Slav, Greek, Albanian and Turkish novel-writers, such as Nikos Kazantzakis, Ivo Andrić, Miroslav Krleža, Meša Selimović, Danilo Kiš, Milorad Pavić, Ismail Kadare, Georgi Gospodinov or Orhan Pamuk. Lecturers will choose six representative novels ahead of every semester, and will set them in the frame of work of these authors and corresponding literary, theoretical, historic-political, sociocultural and idealistic context. Lectures will take place every two weeks - during this time students will need to read one novel, that will be then analysed on the seminar.
Learning outcomes
Absolvent of this course will gain overview about the works of the Balkans novel-writers, that overlap the borders of South-Eastern Europe by their importance. He or she will read their representative works and will be able to put them into wider literary, historical and cultural context. His or her ability to analyse and interpret literary text will be enhanced at the same time.
  • 1) IVO ANDRIĆ - Most na Drině (1945, Czech 1948, 1987)
  • 2) NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS - Řek Zorbas (1946, Czech 1967)
  • 3) ISMAIL KADARE - Generál mrtvé armády (1964, Czech 1990)
  • 4) MEŠA SELIMOVIĆ - Tvrz (1970, Czech 1974)
  • 5) SLOBODAN NOVAK - Myrha, zlato a kadidlo (1968, Czech 1999)
  • 6) MILORAD PAVIĆ - Chazarský slovník (1984, Czech 1990) - ROOM B2.21
    required literature
  • DOROVSKÝ, Ivan. Slovník balkánských spisovatelů. Praha: Libri. 683 pp. 2001. info
  • BORECKÝ, Bořivoj and Růžena DOSTÁLOVÁ. Slovník řeckých spisovatelů. Druhé, přepracované a dop. Praha: LEDA. 663 stran. ISBN 8073350661. 2006. info
  • NEDVĚDOVÁ, Milada. Slovník spisovatelů. srbská a černohorská, charvátská, bosensko-hercegovská, slovinská a makedonská literatura. Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon. 555 s. 1979. info
    recommended literature
  • DOLEŽAL, Jan: Dvě století srbského románu. Praha 2009.
  • Lexikon teorie literatury a kultury : koncepce / osobnosti / základní pojmy. Edited by Ansgar Nünning - Jiří Trávníček - Jiří Holý, Translated by Al. Vydání první. Brno: Host. 912 stran. ISBN 8072941704. 2006. info
  • FOSTER, Thomas C. Jak číst romány jako profesor. Translated by Petra Jelínková. 1. vyd. Brno: Host. 372 s. ISBN 9788072949298. 2014. info
  • The encyclopedia of the novel. Edited by Olakunle George - Susan Hegeman - Efraín Kristal - Peter Melville Log. 1st pub. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. xix, 490. ISBN 9781405161848. 2011. info
Teaching methods
Home reading, class discussion, lectures. The core of this course is the seminar, based on home reading and complemented by lecture.
Assessment methods
Prerequisites for granting the credit: regular attendance and thorough home preparation on weekly basis, participation in class discussion.
Language of instruction
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2022, Spring 2024.
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