(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 in Selected US Fiction; 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).


Special programme - basic courses

  • Experience, Commodity Culture, & Spectacle Society: U.S. Fiction & Critical Theory
  • Moby Dick in Context
  • Immigrant Literature of Modernism and Beyond
  • Special programme - elective courses

  • American Jewish Literature
  • Modern American Drama: O'Neill to Albee
  • U.S. Civil Rights Movements, 1909-Present
  • American Romanticism in European Cultural Context
  • Czechs Outside In
  • + Recommended Interdisciplinary Courses from Other Special Programmes

  • Circulating within the Postmodern Cinematic Image
  • BA courses

  • American & Canadian Literature - lecture series
  • Literary Minorities: Morrison, Erdrich, Cisneros
  • Modern American Drama: O'Neill to Albee
  • American & Canadian Literature – from Civil War to WWII
  • 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
  • Full list of courses on offer for summer semester 2018 will be published by February 4.