UBKKDBK014 Czech Theatre

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Jana Cindlerová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jana Cindlerová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Pavla Bergmannová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jana Cindlerová, 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
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the traditions of Czech theater in important historical stages and contexts from its well-known beginnings through the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, when modern production theater began to take shape within the so-called bourgeois theater, after the beginning of the second World War II, which fatally interrupted the development of Czech theater in all its high-quality and differentiated forms. A special emphasis will be placed on the period of national revival - essential for the development and form of Czech theater as well as for the presentation of Czech culture, where theater played a key role. Following the idea of ​​the national theater in the Czech theater movement, its transformation and realization - from the birth of the idea of ​​the national theater to the construction of the building of the Prague National Theater - culminates in the presentation of the initial phase of practice on this stage, which brought a certain sobriety after the wave of euphoria, and together with the shift of Czech culture to a new level - to self-reflection. The Czech theatrical avant-garde is then a natural outcome of this development - just like the transformation of Czech drama during the period of the First Republic. The constitutive traditions and basic development tendencies of the Czech theater will always be inseparably linked to the history of Czech culture and society for the listeners all year round.
  • 1. The beginnings of Czech theater culture.
  • 2. Theatrical performances in Bohemia and Moravia during the High Middle Ages.
  • 3. Theater in the Czech Lands during the Renaissance and Humanism.
  • 4. Baroque theater in Bohemia and Moravia.
  • 5. The beginnings of modern Czech theater during the Enlightenment. Czech dramatic authors and translators.
  • 6. J. K. Tyl and his time. Tyl's theater program and its realization.
  • 7. The program of the so-called anti-Tyl opposition and its representatives.
  • 8. The beginnings of Czech theater criticism. Theoretical works on theater.
  • 9. Birth and realization of the idea of ​​a national theater in the Czech theater movement. From Tyl's program of the National Theater to the National Theatre.
  • 10. Czech dramatic work of the second half of the 19th century. The onset of realism on Czech scenes. Czech realistic drama and its interpretation issues.
  • 11. The main representatives of Czech acting and its stylistic changes in the National Theatre.
  • 12. The artistic personality of Jaroslav Kvapil and the changes in the drama of the National Theater under his leadership.
  • 13. Transformations of Czech theater and drama in the first half of the 20th century (with an emphasis on the personality of K. H. Hilar, dramatic texts for 'stone theatres' and the Czech theatrical avant-garde).
  • Mandatory literature: CÍSAŘ, J. (ed.) Czech amateur theater journeys. Development trends. Prague, 1998. CÍSAŘ, J. Overview of the history of Czech theatre. Prague, 2006. ČERNÝ, F. (ed.) History of the Czech Theater I-IV. Prague, 1968-1983. ČERNÝ, F. The Changing Face of the Theater or Two Centuries with Prague Actors. Prague, 1978. FISCHER, O. Drama of the National Theater until 1900. Prague, 1983. HRABÁK, J. (ed.) Old Bohemian Drama. Prague, 1950. TUREČEK, D. Contradictory belonging. Prague, 2001. Recommended reading: BALVÍN, J. – POKORNÝ, J. – SCHERL, A. Viennese Folk Theatre. From Hanswurst Stranitzky to Nestroy. Prague, 1990. BARTOŠ, J. Temporary theater and its drama. Prague, 1937. BARTOŠ, J. Temporary theater and its opera. Prague, 1938. BOGATYREV, P. Czech and Slovak Folk Theater.. Prague, 1940. ČERNÝ, F. Hana Kvapilová. Life and work. Prague, 1960. ČERNÝ, V. Staročeský Mastickář. Chronicles of the ČSAV, issue 7, 1955, p. 46. ENGELMÜLLER, K. Z letopisů český theater: O sláva slavécecké. Prague, 1947. GÖTZ, F. Struggle for Czech theater style. Prague, 1934. GÖTZ, F. Jaroslav Kvapil. Prague, 1948. KLOSOVÁ, L. Kolárové. Three actor portraits. Prague, 1969. KOLÁR, J. Český Mastičkář in the history of the science of culture. Theater Review, 1991, No. 3, pp. 3-27. KOPECKÝ, J. About the old theater. Ten chapters on the benefits of continuity. Theater Review, 1990, No. 2, pp. 3-29. STEHLÍKOVÁ, E. And what if it's a theater? Prague, 1998.
Teaching methods
Lecture, seminar.
Assessment methods
Active and stimulating participation in discussions and analyses. Orientation in recommended literature. An overview of the current Czech theater context. Good orientation in individual stages of cultural history. General knowledge of Czech and world literature, especially dramatic literature. Fulfillment of creative tasks assigned during the semester. Seminar work. Written/oral exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 8p+4s/sem.
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