UBKCJLBP41 World Literature. From the Beginning to Classicism

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Jakub Sichálek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jakub Sichálek, Ph.D.
Institute of The Czech Language and Library Science - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Wed 16:25–18:00 M8
Ability to read the basic literary works of world literature in Czech translations.
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 aim of the lectures is to inform students about the influential works of world literature from the beginning to literary classicism. The key literary works (primarily of western canon) will be presented in relation to their impact on Czech culture. The important topic should be the role of Czech translations and the problem of acculturation of the foreign literary tradition.
Learning outcomes
Learning aims: Students can explain the concept of "world literature"; are able to characterise both older literary eras, styles or poetic traditions and the representative literary works; can summarise an impact of fundamental works of older world literature on Czech (or European) culture.
  • World literature; oral epic.
  • Bible, pseudepigrapha, apocrypha.
  • China (Tao te ťing; Čuang-cʼ).
  • Arabic tradition (One Thousand and One Nights).
  • Ancient Greece and Rome (Sophocles: Oedipus rex; Aristophanes: Lysistrata; Ovidius: Ars amatoria, Remedia amoris).
  • Medieval romance (Tristan and Isolde).
  • Medieval legends and Latin lyric (Lives of Constantine and Methodius; Carmina Burana).
  • Vernacular literature of the High and Late Middle Ages (Dante Alighieri, Geoffrey Chaucer).
  • Renaissance prose (F. Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel).
  • Rise of the modern novel (M. de Cervantes Saavedra: Don Quijote).
  • Elizabethan theatre (W. Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
  • Poetry of the German Baroque period.
  • Faust.
    required literature
  • PUCHNER, Martin. Svět ve slovech. Brno, 2018. info
  • ČERNÝ, V. Soustavný přehled obecných dějin literatury naší vzdělanosti 1. Středověk. Jinočany, 1996. info
  • ČERNÝ, V. Soustavný přehled obecných dějin literatury naší vzdělanosti (2): Podzim středověku a renesance. Jinočany, 1998. info
  • ČERNÝ, V. Soustavný přehled obecných dějin literatury naší vzdělanosti (3): Baroko. Jinočany, 2005. info
    recommended literature
  • CURTIUS, E. R. Evropská literatura a latinský středověk. Praha, 1998. info
  • HILSKÝ, M. Shakespeare a jeviště svět. Praha, 2015. info
  • SEHNAL, D. Kniha Laozi. Překlad s filologickým komentářem. Praha, 2013. info
  • STEHLÍKOVÁ, E. Vetera et nova. Praha, 2014. info
  • SVATOŇ, V. Na cestě evropským literárním polem. Studie z komparatistiky. Praha, 2017. info
  • VAVŘÍNEK, V. Cyril a Metoděj mezi Konstantinopolí a Římem. Praha, 2013. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussion, reading (homework).
Assessment methods
Assigned reading (as a homework) for each lesson; final written test.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
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