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Introduction to Literary Studies

Class at Faculty of Arts |



The overall aim of the course is to improve the students? reading and writing skills and furnish them with critical tools for the interpretation of texts. The topics discussed include the basics of poetics, introduction to drama and theatre, the basics of narratology, and an outline of critical approaches to the literary text. The course also introduces the essential methodology of research. Formal properties of the academic essay are taught and applied in the students? written projects.


Montgomery, M., et al., Ways of Reading (London: Routledge, 1992).

Green, K. and LeBihan, J., Critical Theory and Practice (London: Routledge, 1996)

Fludernik, M., An Introduction to Narratology (Abingdon: Routledge, 2009)

Aristotle, Poetics.

Cuddon, A.J., The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (London: Penguin, 1992).

Hobsbaum, P., Metre, Rhythm and Verse Form (Abingdon: Routledge, 1996)

Pavis, P., Dictionary of the Theatre: Terms, Concepts, and Analysis (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998).

Preminger, A. and Brogan, T.V.F., The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (Princeton: Princeton University

Press, 1993).


SS (zápočet, zkouška): Attendance (max. 2 unexplained absences) and active participation, mid-term essay: narrative analysis (1 500 words), final test on narrative strategies and approaches to text (literary theories).

Criteria of Assessment: All assignments will be graded. Credit (zápočet) for each semester will be given on the basis of receiving a pass grade for both the essay and test and for the required attendance.

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