FJ2B023 French Society in work of contemporary authors

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
doc. PhDr. Petr Dytrt, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Petr Dytrt, Ph.D.
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Wed 12:00–13:40 G02
Knowledge of French at level C1 (CEFRL).
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 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
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Course objectives
This optional lecture with an hour of seminar (1 hour + 1 hour) is an introduction to the study of contemporary French novel from the perspective of the evolution of French society. A brief overview of the most important realizing mutations of the latter will be the basis of that analysis of literary texts will support and develop. Will be studied writers such as Michel Houellebecq, Jean Echenoz, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Annie Ernaux François Bon, Leslie Kaplan, Jean Rouaud, Pierre Bergounioux, Eric Chevillard Marie Ndiaye and others. After a brief table outlining the major directions of contemporary narrative literature, the fundamental part of the course is to observe the changes in French society since 1980, as it has been studied, reviewed by the contemporary sociologists and philosophers like Peter Lassave Gilles Lipovetsky, Marc Augé, Alain Finkielkraut, Pascale Weil, Luc Ferry, etc. Follow the interpretative part that will aim to apply these observations on the literary text. This part will take place completely according to the intentions of the participants of the course.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to: - Identify and summarize important features of French contemporary novel; - write an essay (dissertation) defining the basic aesthetic principles of this period based on an analysis of the works of compulsory reading;
- critically evaluate and analyze one selected work in a seminar paper.
  • Introduction, basic concepts in perspective ...
  • Contemporary society (since 1980).
  • Contemporary society (since 1980) II - 3 ...
  • Anthropological aspects or how to think the cont ...
  • Methodological aspect: literature and anthrop ...
  • REFERAT 01: Michel Houellebecq
  • Referáty 02: François Bon
  • Referáty 03: Annie Ernaux
  • Referáty 04: Jean-Philippe Toussaint
  • Evaluation and Presentation of duty
  • VIART, Dominique. BAËTENS, Jan (éds.). Ecritures contemporaines II. Etats du roman contemporain, Actes du colloque de Calaceite, les 6-13 juillet 1996. Paris-Caën : Minard Lettres modernes, 1999.
  • DAMBRE, Marc a Monique GOSSELIN-NOAT. L'éclatement des genres au XXe siècle. Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, c2001, 368 s. ISBN 2878541987.
  • BAERT, Frank. VIART, Dominique (éds.). La Littérature française contemporaine ; questions et perspectives. Louvain : Presses Universitaires de Louvain, 1993.
  • AUGÉ, Marc. Antropologie současných světů. Vyd. 1. Brno: Atlantis, 1999, 127 s. ISBN 807108154x.
  • BLANCKEMAN, Bruno, Aline MURA-BRUNEL a Marc DAMBRE. Le roman français au tournant du XXIe siècle. Paris: Presses Sorbonne nouvelle, 2004, 589 s. ISBN 2878542878.
  • LIPOVETSKY, Gilles. Éra prázdnoty :úvahy o současném individualismu. Translated by Helena Beguivinová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Prostor, 1998. 269 s. ISBN 80-85190-74-5. info
  • BLANCKEMAN, Bruno. Les Fictions singulires : étude sur le roman français contemporain. Paris : Prétexte, 2002
  • AUGÉ, Marc. Non-lieux. Paris: Seuil, 1992.
  • Un retour des normes romanesques dans la littérature française contemporaine. Edited by Wolfgang Asholt - Marc Dambre. Paris: Presses Sorbonne nouvelle, 2011. 317 s. ISBN 9782878544978. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, group projects, presentations.
Assessment methods
1) Regular attendance (tolerance 2 absences per semester)
2) active participation in class, including homework
3) regular performance of tasks by the teacher
4) 1 analysis of the novel in the form of oral presentation in class based on the choice of the set list
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught only once.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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