Summer Exam Period

BA timetable

Summer Term 2018/2019

MA timetable

Summer Term 2018/2019

Office Hours

Summer Term


The Artful: launch of a new student magazine

24 May, 6.30, Café 1 (Veletržní palác)


MA Final Exams Summmer 2019

Wednesday 29 May, Room 111


CfP: I SEDERI International Conference for Junior Researchers

University of Murcia, 9-11 October 2019



5th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies

Ireland in Europe

13 September 2019



US Literature Seminar

Winter 2018 Seminar Friday 9.10am, Room 1

Winter Semester 2018 (Quinn)
Fridays, 9.10am, Room 1

5.10: Elizabeth Bishop: “One Art,” “Filling Station,” “Squatters Children,” “Pink Dog,” “The Shampoo,” “Sonnet,” “First Death in Nova Scotia,” “Roosters.”

12.10: Flannery O’Connor: “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

19.10: Sylvia Plath, Ariel*

26.10: James Merrill: “Rhapsody on Czech Themes,”* “Lost in Translation,” “The Kimono,” “The House Fly,” “Grass,” “Overdue Pilgrimage to Nova Scotia.”

2.11: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaids Tale*

9.11: Allen Ginsberg: “Howl”

16.11: Vladimir Nabokov: Pnin (chapters 1–2)*

23.11: Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita

30.11: John Ashbery, “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror”

7.12: no class

14.12: Philip Roth, The Prague Orgy*

21.12: Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man (introduction, prologue and chapters 1–11)

4.1: Please choose a story from the New Yorker magazine and tell the class about it for 5-7 minutes. (You may also want to look at their fiction podcasts, where a writer chooses a story previously published in the magazine, reads it, and discusses it with the fiction editor.) Try to connect your chosen story with some of the issues (stylistic, thematic) that have arisen during our classes this semester. And if there is no connection, then explore the reasons for this.

11.1: Read the selection of poems by Terrance Hayes and A. E. Stallings, which will be available on the IS (see below) from 10 Dec.

Material marked with an asterisk is available under the course code AAA130163 on the IS.

SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS To receive their credits, students must attend at least 70% of seminars and submit an essay of 500 words by 30 December 2017 and 1000 words by 10 January 2018. All essays must be formatted according to the Essay Guidelines on the department website. If you have to re-write the essay, you have 7 days from the time of notification in which to do so. Please submit essays via email to me at in one of the following formats: DOC, DOCX, RTF or ODT, and label the file with your surname. Please be advised that essays are routinely checked against internet sources (including subscription databases) as well as previous essays; plagiarism will result in automatic failure of the course, and such cases may be referred for disciplinary action. Failure to adhere to guidelines above will result in failure of the course. For the short essay (500 words) analyse one poem, short story or passage of c. 10 pages of prose by a writer on the list. For the longer essay, choose a topic from the list below:

John Ashbery and Politics
Adrienne Rich andmen
Elizabeth Bishop: poetry as autobiography?
Margaret Atwood and political change
Allen Ginsberg and homosexuality
Philip Roth and Czechs
James Merrill and love
Vladimir Nabokov and love
Ralph Ellison and invisibility