UBKKDBK034 Towards Contemporary World Literature

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Hana Bednaříková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jakub Chrobák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Michaela Weiss, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Michaela Weiss, Ph.D.
Institute of The Czech Language and Library Science - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Ability to read assigned literary works in the Czech language.
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 outline the fundamental tendencies in world literature, or selected national literatures such as Anglo-American, French, Russian, German or Latin American, from the pre-Romantic period up until aesthetic postmodernity. The course traces key trends but also broader aesthetic, generic or discursive tendencies of the given periods and epochs.
Learning outcomes
Students will a have a good overview of the more recent developments in world literature and will be able to think, talk and write about it in a contextual manner. The main instruments will be independent reading as well as knowledge drawn from the individual lectures of the course.
  • 1. Enlightenment and pre-Romanticism (Voltaire, J. J. Rousseau, L. Sterne)
  • 2. Romanticism in European literatures (England, France, Germany)
  • 3. Realism (Russian, English and French realism)
  • 4. Naturalism (E. Zola and Tain determinism)
  • 5. Modern. Currents of the second half of the 19th century (impressionism, symbolism and the concept of fin de siècle
  • 6. Avant-garde and its manifestations I. (expressionism, futurism, cubism and cubofuturism)
  • 7. Avant-garde and its manifestations II. (dada and surrealism)
  • 8. Prose between the two world wars I .: prose written in English (modernism, Bloomsbury aesthetics, "lost generation")
  • 9. Prose between the two world wars II .: German prose written (German bourgeois culture, German Jewish and non-Jewish works in the Czech lands)
  • 10. Prose of the second half of the 20th century I .: existentialism (philosophical background, A. Camus, J.-P. Sartre)
  • 11. Prose of the second half of the 20th century II .: Beat Generation (J. Kerouac, A. Ginsberg et al.)
  • 12. Prose of the second half of the 20th century III .: magical realism and postmodernism (G. G. Márquez, U. Eco)
  • 13. Postcolonial literature
    required literature
  • MACURA, V. Slovník světových literárních děl 1, 2. Praha, 1989.
  • HODROVÁ, D. Hledání románu. Praha, 1989.
  • POSPÍŠIL, I. Světové literatury 20. století v kostce. Praha, 1999.
  • BLOOM, H. Kánon západní literatury. Praha: Prostor, 2000. info
    recommended literature
  • AUERBACH, E,. Mimesis. Praha, 1886.
  • HILSKÝ, M. Modernisté. Praha: Torst, 1995.
  • LUKAVSKÁ, E. „Zázračné reálno“ a magický realismus. Brno: Host, 2003.
  • BUTLER, Ch. Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • ASHCROFT, B., GRIFFITHS, G., TIFFIN, H. The Empire Writes Back. London: Routledge, 2001.
  • NOVOTNÝ, V. Eseje o ruských spisovatelích. Praha: Cherm, 2006.
  • Bertens, H. - Natoli, J. Encyklopedie postmodernismu. Brno 2005.
  • GLABAZŇA, R. “National and Transnational Identities in Salman Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh.” In Moravian Journal of Literature and Film 4, 2 (2013): 19–34.
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Reading. Essay. Written exam.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 8p/sem.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2022.
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