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MA Programme: AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURAL STUDIES SPECIAL PROGRAMME
(Specializace Americká literatura a kulturní studia)

Director: Erik Roraback D. Phil (Oxon)

This interdisciplinary programme focuses on the history and theory of literatures and cultures on the territory of the U.S., including major nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers and principal cultural features (colonial culture, ethnicity, modernism, intellectual nomadism). Other important topics are post-World War II and contemporary literature (including the transformations of the literary canon and the problems of postmodernism and multiculturalism), regional literatures (American South), ethnic literatures (Jewish, Latino, African American, East Asian), and the relation between American literature and other arts and media, particularly film. Compulsory core courses, dealing with major American writers, contemporary literature and American film are complemented by a wide range of other courses. Students may participate in one-semester exchanges with selected U.S. universities (including American University, Washington, D.C.; Kansas State University; New York University; SUNY).

The programme consists of basic and elective courses.
In the new Anglophone Literatures and Cultures MA study (since 2013), the programme consists of 4 basic and 4 elective courses for single-subject students. In addition, 6 courses can be taken from other special programmes. Two-subject students have to take 2 basic and 3 elective courses plus 1 course from another special programme. 
Students who began Masters studies before October 2013 are required to take three of the basic courses (1. Experience, Commodity Culture, & Spectacle Society: From James to Stein; 2. Moby Dick in Context; 3. African American Literature, from Phyllis Wheatley to Toni Morrison; 4. Immigrant Literature of Modernism and Beyond; 5. Modern American Drama 1; 6. one further course TBA).  The final Special Programme Exam (specializační zkouška) takes the form of a review of the results in the individual Special Programme courses. The instructor of each course taken by the student must submit a report to the director of the program, and on the basis of these reports, which contain a graded assessment of students‛ performance, an overall grade is awarded.
Three to four basic courses are offered each academic year. Elective courses are subject to students‛ choice. The range of elective courses varies each academic year.

For further information on the degree structure, please see here (and the Study Plan in the right sidebar).


COURSES OFFERED IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2016/2017

Special programme - basic courses

  • African American Literature, from Phyllis Wheatley to Toni Morrison
  • Experience, Commodity Culture, & Spectacle Society: U.S. Fiction & Critical Theory
  • Immigrant Literature of Modernism and Beyond
  • Southern Literature
  • Special programme - elective courses

  • Transatlantic Georgians
  • Emerson, Nietzsche and Foucault
  • American Romanticism in European Cultural Context
  • Global Anglophone Literature
  • African-American Women
  • + Recommended Interdisciplinary Courses from Other Special Programmes

  • Circulating within the Postmodern Cinematic Image
  • From Naturalism to Post-Dramatic: Theatre Theory and Practice
  • BA courses

  • History of the USA
  • Literary Minorities: Morrison, Erdrich, Cisneros
  • American & Canadian Literature – Beginnings to Civil War
  • American & Canadian Literature – from Civil War to WWII
  • American & Canadian Literature– WWII to Present
  • The Sixties and Seventies Through Utopia
  • Science Fiction in the Cold War Era
  • Constraint and Confession: Bishop, Lowell, Rich
  • American Romanticism in European Cultural Context
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