Course: Literary Seminar

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Course title Literary Seminar
Course code KAJ/LISNM
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Marková Michaela, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Vernyik Zénó, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Klapcsik Sándor, Ph.D.
  • Mudure Michaela, Ph.D.
Course content
List of topics to be addressed - this overview is informative, the order in which these will be dealt with and the amount of time dedicated to them depends on the teacher and students' needs. Crime and Detection I - Classics: Agatha Christie, Dashiel Hammett, Raymond Chandler. Crime and Detection II - Contemporary: Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Vikram Chandra. SF I - Classics: Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert. SF II - 1970s - 1980s: Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Margaret Atwood. Fantasy I - Classics: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Frank Herbert. Fantasy II - Contemporary Young Adult: J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Terry Prachett. Fantasy III - Contemporary Adult: George R. R. Martin, China Miéville, Yann Martel. Vampires: Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Stephenie Meyer. Zombies: H. P. Lovecraft, Max Brooks, Seth Grahame-Smith. Romance: Cecelia Ahern, Maeve Binchy, Rosamunde Pilcher, Danielle Steel. Family Sagas: John Galsworthy, Colleen McCullough, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Drugs: Irvine Welsh, Hubert Selby Jr., Ellen Lousie Hopkins. Homosexuality: Becky Albertalli, André Aciman, Shyam Selvadurai. Musician Poets/Musician Novelists: Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming), Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments), Seminár, E-learning, Students' portfolio, Students' self-study
  • Contacts hours - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course focuses on a selection of authors of best-selling novels published since 1900 with the aim to help students gain an overview of popular texts of the anglophone world. The main emphasis is on works which are likely to attract the attention of students of lower-secondary and high schools, or deal with topics relevant for this age group. It thus intentionally analyzes both canonized texts and pulp fiction, in order to help students find common points in these two groups, and motivate future teachers in leading their students to literary classics, and to reading in general.

Passing the courses Culture I: Introduction to Culture and Literature, Culture II: British Studies and Culture III: American Studies and at least one of the compulsory literary courses in the MA program.

Assessment methods and criteria
Presentation of group work, Oral presentation of self-study, Test

Enrolment to the course on ( Self-preparation for the seminars which includes reading of the set texts (in their entirety as set in the reading list available through the course on Moodle). Active participation in seminars. Full-time studies: 2 absences from seminars will be allowed, part-time studies: 1 absence is allowed. Students should announce absences (if possible) beforehand. Portfolio of self-created teaching activities based on the tasks presented to students in seminars. Additional assignments/activities on Moodle should be submitted or carried out according to the instructions and within the given time period. If/when students fulfil the course requirements, they will be allowed to sit the final test. Students need to achieve 70 % and above from this test. The same is required from and to be expected by the combined study students.
Recommended literature
  • Gelder, Ken ed. New Directions in Popular Fiction. Genre, Distributioin, Reproduction. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • Gelder, Ken. Popular Fiction. The Logic and Practices of a Literary Field. Abingdon: Routledge, 2004.
  • Koelling, Holly. Classic Connections. Turning Teens on to Great Literature. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
  • Mahood, Kristine. A Passion for Print. Promoting Reading and Books to Teens. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

Study plans that include the course
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