Culture, Civilization and Early Literature

Culture, Civilization and Early Literature

Study Cycle: 1

Lectures: 30

Seminars: 0

Tutorials: 30

ECTS credit: 4

Lecturer(s): doc. dr. Sevšek Šramel Špela, doc. dr. Šnytova Jana


The content of the course is divided into two parts, which complement each other in a meaningful way. Literature deals with topics from older Czech and Slovak literature from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century with special emphasis on the cultural aspect of reading. Discussed topics from literature, especially older literature, brings a fundamental understanding of the specifics of the Old Church Slavonic period and literature from the 11th century onwards. The following periods will be highlighted:
1. Old Slavic literature during the Great Moravian period.
2. Period of the Přemyslid dynasty.
3. Latin literature of the 12th and 13th centuries.
4. The birth of Czech literature in the early 14th century.
5. Hussite literature.
6. Humanism.
7. Baroque.
The second part deals with the Czech and Slovak cultural space from the perspective of the 20th century and is an entry condition for understanding the processes in Czech and Slovak society. In addition to the geopolitical situation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia in the 20th century, issues of national and wider regional identity (Visegrad Group, Slavism, Central Europe) at the intersection of the German, Slavic and Hungarian space will be presented. The focus will be on a regional development, an overview of art over time in the field of architecture, theater and film. The course deals with the attitude towards neighboring nations and nationalities (Germans, Hungarians, Poles, Ruthenians, Jews), issues of minorities, confessional affiliation and ethnological peculiarities.