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Ideology and Literature: American Literature 2001-2015 - JTB282
Anglický název: Ideology and Literature: American Literature 2001-2015
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2021
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 12 / neurčen (25)
Minimální obsazenost: 5
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: PhDr. Richard Olehla, Ph.D.
Vyučující: PhDr. Richard Olehla, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Sára Lochmanová (31.01.2024)
The course discusses changes in the American society after 9/11/2001, especially when different ideological concepts are taken into account. We will explore the extent to which different ideological and philosophical concepts have influenced post-9/11 American society, its culture and literature. The authors to be discussed include Don DeLillo, Paul Auster, Susan Sontag, John Updike, Josef Joffe and New York based French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Weekly readings are limited to ca. 20 pages (with an exception of four novels). Discussions in class are more than welcomed. The language of instruction is English.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Sára Lochmanová (31.01.2024)

The main goal of this subject is to introduce topics and points of discussion that American literature and society have defined in texts following and related to the most important historic date of the 21st century in the USA, that is 9/11/2001. Another goal of the subject is to improve students' speaking and critical argumentation skills.

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Bc. Sára Lochmanová (31.01.2024)

- regular attendance (max. 3 absences per term)

- homework and activity in classes (discussions will be held on the texts which the students will be required to read before each class)

- term essay (4 pages; 1200 words)


The final grade will be awarded on the following system:

- 30% attendance

- 20% activity in classes

- 50% term essay

Each of the above mentioned criteria will be assessed from A to F, and the final grade will be constructed from the three grades taking into account their relative weight. All results higher than 51 % will be assessed as Pass, whereas any result lower than 51 % will be assessed as Fail. For more information about the use of the grading scale at FSV UK, please see Dean's Provision No. 17/2018: https://www.fsv.cuni.cz/opatreni-dekanky-c-172018aj.

More in SMĚRNICE S_SO_002: Organizace zkouškových termínů, kontrol studia a užívání klasifikace A–F na FSV UK.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Richard Olehla, Ph.D. (29.01.2024)

NOTE: All literature available in this syllabus is to be used in this course only. All works are protected by copyright and must not be further distributed.

Some of the materials are available online or can be downloaded from the SIS. All fiction to be discussed is available as English e-books online, or widely available in Czech translation on sale or in public libraries.


Primary sources:

Amis, Martin. "The Last Days of Muhammad Atta," The New Yorker, April, 2006, (short story)

DeLillo, Don. Cosmopolis. Scribner, 2003. (novel)

DeLillo, Don. Falling Man. Scribner, 2007. (novel)

DeLillo, Don. „In the Ruins of the Future“. Harper`s Magazine, December 2001, s. 33–40. (essay)

Sontag, Susan. „The Talk of the Town“. The New Yorker, 2001, Vol. 32, 24 Sept 2001. (essay)


Secondary sources:

Bercovitch, Sacvan. „The Myth of America“. Litteraria Pragensia, 2003, Vol. 13, No. 25, s. 1–17.

Borradori, Giovanna. Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues with Jürgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida. University of Chicago Press, 2003

Joffe, Josef. Überpower: The Rise of Antiamerianism. WW Norton, 2006.

Kamp, David. "Rethinking the American Dream". Vanity Fair, April 2009. Available online at: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2009/04/american-dream200904

Procházka, Martin. „Apocalypticism in American Cultural History 2: Revelations of the Other“. Litteraria Pragensia, 2005, Vol. 15, No. 30, s. 79–106.

Sandhu, Sukhdev. "Aliens and Other: The Desolation of Manhattan". London Review of Books. 4 October 2001. Available online at: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v23/n19/sukhdev-sandhu/aliens-and-others

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Richard Olehla, Ph.D. (29.01.2024)

In the seminar, students will be required to read texts for each seminar. A short introduction of the topics from weekly readings will be offered at the start of the class. Students will then discuss the topics of the weekly readings.

The seminar is the most suitable teaching method for developping discussion and argumentation skills, especially related to critical reading skills. The course completion requirements mirror these, as the final essay requires good critical writing skills, which are formed as a result of the ongoing process of discussion and argumentation.

The seminar will be conducted in the in-person, onsite form ("prezenční výuka"). If needed due to health or other reasons, the class will be conducted via a Google Meet session (code: meet.google.com/frx-kcsw-wri). Students will be advised in advance about the change in the instruction mode.

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Richard Olehla, Ph.D. (29.01.2024)

Essays are due on 24 May 2024. Later submissions will not be accepted.


Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: PhDr. Richard Olehla, Ph.D. (29.01.2024)

Class plan

Week   Date                Topic, Text

1        23 Feb 24       orientation / introductory class

2          1 Mar 24       Founding myths: Sacvan Bercovitch - The Myth of America (essay)

3          8 Mar 24       Apocalypticism: Martin Procházka - Apocalypticism in American Cultural History (essay)

4        15 Mar 24       Megalopolis: Don DeLillo - Cosmopolis (novel)

5        22 Mar 24       Political correctness: Don DeLillo - In the Ruins of the Future (essay)

6        29 Mar 24       no class (Easter Friday)  

7          5 Apr 24        Writing about the Other: Don DeLillo - Falling Man (novel)

8        12 Apr 24        Political correctness: Susan Sontag - The Talk of the Town (essay)

9        19 Apr 24        essay topics due; individual consultations on essay topics

10      26 Apr 24        Fear and Loathing: Giovanna Borradori - A Philosophy in the Time of Terror (interview with Jacques Derrida)

11       3 May 24        American Dream: David Kamp - Rethinking the American Dream (article)

12     10 May 24        Antiamericanism: Josef Joffe - Uberpower: The Rise of Antiamericanism (book chapter; pp. 55-59)                              

13     17 May 24        Being the Other: Sukhdev Sandhu - Aliens and Others (article)

                                   Martin Amis - The Last Days of Muhammad Atta (short story)

closing session, discussion over students' essays

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