Course detail

Theory and Art in the 20th Century - summer

FaVU-TU-LAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course will introduce students to key terminology and approaches of contemporary art theory and criticism. During the course, students will learn about the dominant methodological approaches to art theory of the 20th century (marxisma and post-marxism, psychoanalysis, phenomenology and hermeneutics, analytic philosophy, structuralism and post-structuralism, feminism, and post-modernism. Each of the aforementioned theoretical approach will be introduced though the elucidation of its basic concepts and key figures and afterwords will be applied to modern and contemporary art. The course graduate should be able to understand the "jargon" of contemporary critical and theoretical text and should be able to identify them with the corresponding philosophical school.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduates of the class should be capable of reading and reflecting texts of actual art criticism and art theory so that they could place them in the relevant methodological streem in the theory of the 20th century. This orientation should empower them to understand thinking about art in its wider philosophical, social and political frameworks.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of the history of art and of the general history of 19th - 20th centuries, experience with reading recent art criticism and art theory.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Miroslav PETŘÍČEK, Úvod do současné filosofie, Praha: Herrmann & synové 1997
Konrad Paul LIESSMANN, Filozofie moderního umění, Olomouc: Votobia 2000
Hal FOSTER – Rosalind KRAUSSOVÁ – Yve-Alain BOIS – Benjamin H. D. BUCHLOH, Umění po roce 1900. Modernismus, antimodernismus, postmodernismus, Praha: Slovart 2007
Michel FOUCAULT, „Co je to osvícenství?“, Filosofický časopis, roč. 41, 1993, č. 3, s. 363–379.
Jürgen HABERMAS, „Moderna – nedokončený projekt“, in: Egon GÁL – Miroslav MARCELLI, Za zrkadlom moderny. Filozofia posledného dvadsaťročia, Bratislava: Archa 1991, s. 299–318.
Wolfgang JANKE, Filosofie existence, Praha: Mladá fronta 1995.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The classwork is based on the combination of lectures, aimed at the general introducing of a topic, with collective reading of short theoretical texts.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Essay

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. The modernist/enlightenment project
2. The fouding subject: from Descartes to Hegel
3. The subject after Kant: German idealism - Fichte, Schelling, Hegel - the master and the slave
4. Man, history,and alienation: Hegel and Marx
5. The essential marxist terminology
6. Romanticism
7. Kierkegaard and the beginnings of existentialism
8. Friedrich Nietzsche
9. Sigmund Freud and the basic psychoanalytic terminology

Aims

The goal of the course lies in helping students to become qualified readers of contemporary theory (of art).

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Lectures are optional.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme Master's

    branch AGD2 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch APD , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AGD1 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AS1 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AM2 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AKG , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AS2 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AM1 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AM3 , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AMU , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch ATD , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AVI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AEN , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch APE , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AIN , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory
    branch AFO , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer