UBKCU216 Sociology of literature

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Jan Heczko, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jan Heczko, Ph.D.
Institute of The Czech Language and Library Science - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
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
This course introduces the possibility of access to a literary work, including social and cultural conditions of production and reception. Discipline gives a basic orientation in the areas of sociological research of literary life, introduces students to the concepts of literary culture, the literary field, habitus, social role of the author, and types of reading development, reading etc. It does not neglect relations between literature, media and mass culture (from the perspective of the so-called Frankfurt School). He is also a modern upgrades social nature of Anglo-American literature in the perspectives of the new historicism and cultural materialism.
  • 1. Sociology literature in literary criticism.
    2. Literature as a social phenomenon.
    3. Theory of the literary field
    4. Division sociological literature (the term kitsch).
    5. Functions of the author.
    6. Corporate social role of the writer and personality types.
    7. Culture of readers and its social and cultural patterns.
    8. Reading, its development and types.
    9. Books, the book market.
    10. Sociology of reading and libraries (methods of sociological research).
    11. Literary types in czech literature.
    12. Example "sociological" reading (Hrabal: Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále).
    required literature
  • ALAN, J.; PETRUSEK, M. Sociologie, literatura a politika. Praha, 1996. info
  • PETRUSEK, M. Sociologie a literatura. Praha, 1990. info
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, J. Estetická funkce, norma a hodnota jako sociální fakty. Praha, 1936. info
    recommended literature
  • TRÁVNÍČEK, J. Překnížkováno. Co čteme a kupujeme. Brno, 2014. info
  • BOURDIEU, P. Pravidla umění. Geneze a struktura literárního pole. Brno, 2010. info
  • COSSET; GRAFNETTEROVÁ, L. Jak čtou Češi, Francouzi a Němci Hrabalova Anglického krále. Praha, 2009. info
  • ADORNO, T. W. Schéma masové kultury. Praha, 2009. info
  • BENJAMIN, W. Výbor z díla I. Literárněvědné studie. Praha, 2009. info
  • TRÁVNÍČEK, J. Čteme? Obyvatelé České republiky a jejich vztah ke knize. Brno, 2007. info
  • MANGUEL, A. Dějiny čtení. Brno, 2007. info
  • MILNER, A. Literature, Culture and Society. London, 1996. info
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Teacher's information
Active participation in seminars (min. 80%). Delivering a presentation or seminar work. Good knowledge of the analyzed text specified for each seminar and informed participation in the subsequent discussion.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022.
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