Course: Selected Trends in Anglo-American literature II

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Course title Selected Trends in Anglo-American literature II
Course code KAA/VTAL2
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Bubíková Šárka, doc. Ph.D.
Course content
Literature and ethnicity. Majority versus minority, double consciousness. Afro-American literature - so-called post-soul aesthetics. American Jewish literature. Native American literature. Asian-American literature. Chicano/Chicana literature (in English) Postmodernism and multiculturalisms in literature. Popular genres.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
The course will deepen students´knowledge on the writing of ethnic minorities within American literature. It will address the position of minority writing within a traditionally understood canon as well as the issues of the so-called opening-up of a canon and will discuss some theoretical issues connected with ethnicity, "majority" and "minority" and with the relationship of literature and culture. Attention will also be paid to the historical changes of the reception and acceptance of minority writing. The course will analyze particular works (for example of Afro-American, Asian-American, Native American, Jewish American, etc. authors) from the point of view of how the authors cope with the issue of identity, double-consciousness, relationship to the cultural majority, specifics of a given ethnic literature.
Students will develop their ability of literary and cultural analysis, intercultural competence and communicative skills.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination

Compulsory attendace. Reading done prior to each seminar, active participation in seminar discussions and activities. Further will be specified in the course sylabus.
Recommended literature
  • BUBÍKOVÁ, Š. Literatura v Americe..Proměny amerického literární kánonu. Červený Kostelec, 2008.
  • Fiedler, Leslie A., Baker, Houston A. Jr. English Literature: Opening Up the Canon. John Hopkins UP, 1981.
  • HILSKÝ, M.; ZELENKA, J. Od Poea k postmodernismu. Praha: Odeon a H&H, 1993.
  • Jařab, J. Amerika, amerikanizace a literatura. Tvar 17, 1996, s. 8.
  • JAŘAB, J. Etnický faktor v americké literární historii a současnosti". Svět literatury 1, 1991.
  • Kanellos, N. Hispanic American Literature. New York, 1995.
  • KOLÁŘ, S. Evropské kořeny americké židovské literatury. Ostarva: Ostravská univerzita, 1998.
  • KRUPAT, A. Red Matters: Native American Studies. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.
  • KRUPAT, Arnold. Native American Literature and the Canon". Critical Inquiry 10, 1983.
  • Lauter, P. ed. The Heath Anthology of American Literature.. D.C. Heath Lexington, 1990.
  • Lauter, Paul. Canons and Contexts. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1991.
  • LI, D. L. Imagining the Nation: Asian American Literature and Cultural Consent. Stanford. Stanford UP, 1998.
  • McMillan, T. (ed.). Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction. Penguin, 1990.
  • P. Barša:. Politická teorie multikulturalismu. CDK, Brno1999. 347s..
  • Ruland, R. - Bradbury, M. Od puritanismu k postmodernismu. Praha, 1997.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy English Language Teacher Education (2013) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Summer
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy - (2015) Philological sciences 1 Summer
Faculty of Arts and Philosophy English Language Teacher Education (2013) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Summer