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Introduction to British and American Culture - AAA130120E
Title: Introduction to British and American Culture
Guaranteed by: Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures (21-UALK)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
Points: 0
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (10)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Is provided by: AAA130120
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Mariana Machová, Ph.D.
Mgr. Helena Znojemská, Ph.D.
Class: Exchange - 08.9 Others-Humanities
Exchange - 09.1 Modern EC Languages
Exchange - 14.7 Anthropology
Annotation - Czech
THIS CODE WAS CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR ERASMUS STUDENTS. If you are a foreign student and you need a grade for this course, you should sign up for this code.

1. To acquaint students with modern views of culture, multiculturalism, ethnicity, nation and cultural region applied to the English-speaking countries, especially Britain and the U.S.
2. To promote the understanding of the diversity of the English-speaking countries, historical developments and contemporary dynamics of their cultures
3. To outline relationships between literature and communication technologies (writing, printing press).

Individual Topics
- Introductory: Concepts and Forms of Culture, Understanding Culture in Britain and in the U.S.
- Nation / State
- Culture and Communication
- Culture and Politics in the UK
- Culture and Politics in the UK
- Cultural Diversity of the English Speaking Countries: England vs. Britain
- Cultural Diversity of the English Speaking Countries: Celtic Cultures
- Cultural Diversity of the English Speaking Countries: Commonwealth Countries
- Cultural Diversity of the English Speaking Countries: Cultural Regions in the U.S.
- Multiculturalism and Ethnicity: "New Britain" problems of national and cultural identity
- Multiculturalism and Ethnicity in the U.S.

Study materials available to the students who have signed up for the course (i.e. ppt presentations of lectures) on moodle.

Recommended reading:
Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (London: Verso, 1991)
Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy and Other Writings, ed. Raymond Geuss, Quentin Skinner (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)
Sacvan Bercovitch, The Rites of Assent: Transformation of the Symbolic Construction of America (New York: Routledge,1993)
Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994)
Joe Cleary and Claire Connolly, The Cambridge Companion to Modern
Irish Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)
Charles Crow (ed.), A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003)
Mike Davis, Dead Cities and Other Tales (New York: The New Press 2002)
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature (1975), trans. Dana Polan (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1986)
Alison Donnell, Sarah Lawson Welsh (eds.), Reader in Caribbean Literature (London: Routledge, 1996)
Henry Louis Gates, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African American Literary Criticism (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989)
Stuart Hall, Paul du Gay (eds.), Questions of Cultural Identity (London: Sage, 1997)
Gary J. Hausladen (ed.), Western Places, American Myths: How We Think about the West (Reno and Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 2003)
Eric Hobsbawm, Terence Ranger (eds.), The Invention of Tradition (1978) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)
John Koch (ed.), Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopaedia (Santa Barbara: ABC CLIO, 2006)
P.J. Marshall (ed.), British Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)
Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1962)
Eugene Moehring, Urbanism and Empire in the Far West (Reno and Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, 2004)
Francis Mulhern, Culture/Metaculture (London: Routledge, 2000)
Liza Nicholas, Elaine M. Bapis, Thomas J. Harvey (eds.), Imagining the Big Open: Nature, Identity and Play in the New West
(Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2003)
John Oakland, British Civilization (London: Routledge, 1998)
Walter Ong, Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word (London: Methuen, 1982)
Kwesi Owusu (ed.), Black British Culture and Society (London: Routledge, 2000)
Martin Procházka (ed.), After History (Praha: Litteraria Pragensia, 2006)
Edward Said, Orientalism (London and New York: Routledge, 1978)
Anthony D. Smith, The Nation in History: Historiographical Debates about Ethnicity and Nationalism (Hanover: University
Press of New England, 2000)
Richard Sennett, Flesh and Stone: the Body and the City in the Western Civilization (New York and London: W.W. Norton and Co., 1994)
Werner Sollors, Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986)
Graeme Turner, British Cultural Studies (London: Routledge,1996)

Credits will be given on the basis of a final test - multiple choice (pass limit 60 per cent; three dates: December, January/February, May/June, two resits). Students register for the test in SIS when the dates are announced.
Last update: Machová Mariana, doc. PhDr., Ph.D. (11.09.2022)
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