UBKCU047 Czech literature after 1989 2

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Summer 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Libor Martinek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jakub Chrobák, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
doc. PhDr. Libor Martinek, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jakub Záhora, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Libor Martinek, Ph.D.
Institute of The Czech Language and Library Science - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Michal Ajvaz: Druhé město
Patrik Ouředník: Europeana
Michal Viewegh: Andělé všedního dne
Jan Balabán: Možná že odcházíme
Jáchym Topol: Sestra
Jan Vrak: Obyčejné věci
Věra Nosková: Bereme, co je
Jiří Hájíček: Rybí krev
Pavel Brycz: Patriarchátu dávno zašlá sláva
Jaroslav Rudiš: Nebe pod Berlínem
Petra Soukupová: K moři
Kateřina Tučková: Žítkovské bohyně
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 / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The dominant feature of the post-communist events in terms of prose became the advent of literature that emphasizes authenticity. Especially in the first half of the 90s of the 20th century's is defining role diaries and memoirs publications in Czech literature. The beginnings of Czech literary postmodernism, and its appearance in exile literature, the younger representatives of Czech literary postmodernism. Authors whose works resonate with postmodern principles. Women in contemporary Czech literature: critical issues in general and literary (philosophical) discourse of feminism. Theory of feminine creation - the writers and their function in literature, the specifics of their language. Significant authors of the 90s and drooping feminist fiction. Historical themes in contemporary Czech literature: the tradition of historical novels in Czech literature features historical novels in contemporary fiction. Overcoming ideologically tributary model of historical novels. Historical prose in samizdat and exile. Ancestral sagas and chronicles. The topic of coexistence of Czechs and Germans. Popular historical prose. Prose genre characterized by syncretism. Essays and studies of historical prose. Among demanding and popular reading: application self-explanatory, meta-textual and intertextual practices while preserving traditional storytelling and entertainment features; use of the elements and processes of popular literature (detective genre, swashbuckling) sphere between high art and kitsch, standardization inspection of a child's eyes, generational prose, prose grotesque. In the labyrinth of contemporary Czech prose: Death as a source of inspiration (war, the Holocaust, suicide, immortality, solitude and loneliness, mental abnormality, the theme of the Velvet Revolution, etc.). The search for new possibilities and perspectives of contemporary Czech prose: new names, new trends in contemporary Czech literature after 1989 (text as a laboratory, skits and self-parody, experimental approach to storytelling, using the principle of puzzles jigsaw puzzle, prose as an exercise book in which shall be examined and reviewed current options fiction, Kunderas? inspiration, a variation on a detective story, thriller and horror, linguistic experimentation, lyrical prose, the beauty of ugliness, generational statement, literary mystification and utopia). Medialization contemporary literary works and literary life: current social imaginative literature, mass production political boulevard or crafted by skillful bestsellers, fiction theorizes academically fashionable feminist themes, didactic Catholic variant called. Novel of education, analysis of evangelical morality, pulses of magical realism, postmodern grotesque like.
  • Czech post-November prose (genre concept of L. Machala)
    General characteristics
    Diaries and memoirs
    Tendency to authentic prose
    Fantasy (imaginary) prose
    Between high art and popular reading
    historical fiction
    Ancestral sagas and chronicles
    feminist prose
    De-taboo of erotic
    Women about women (and for women?)
    Commercialization of literature
    Science Fiction and Fantasy
    Reflexive prose
    Discoveries and hope
    Methodological summary
    required literature
  • MACHALA, L. (ed.). Panorama české literatury 2 (po roce 1989). Praha, 2015. info
  • FIALOVÁ, A. (ed.). V souřadnicích mnohosti. Praha, 2014. info
  • HRUŠKA, P. (ed.). V souřadnicích volnosti. Praha, 2008. info
  • JANOUŠEK, P. a kol. Slovník českých spisovatelů od roku 1945. Praha, 1998. info
  • JANOUŠEK, P. a kol. Slovník českých spisovatelů od roku 1945. Praha, 1995. info
    recommended literature
  • JANOUŠEK, P. Černá kočka. Praha, 2012. info
  • BALAŠTÍK, M. Postgenerace. Brno, 2010. info
  • MARTINEK, l. Současná česká literatura I/1. Opava, 2008. info
  • ŠTOLBA, J. Nedopadající džbán. Praha, 2006. info
  • KOŽMÍN, Z. - TRÁVNÍČEK, J. Na tvrdém loži z psího vína. Brno, 1998. info
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The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
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The course is also listed under the following terms Summer 2017, Summer 2018, Summer 2019, Summer 2020, Summer 2021, Summer 2022, Summer 2023.
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