Course detail

Around 1956: the Culture of the Mid Fifties

FaVU-2A1956Acad. year: 2020/2021

The course will focus on the different faces of culture in mid 50s Europe. We will shortly examine the political situation at both sides of the Iron curtain, but we will mostly look at selected issues in literature, film, music, and visual art

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Tests, active participation in class, essays.

Prerequisites

Students must have an upper-intermediate and higher level of English.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Robbins, David. The Independent Group in Postwar Britain
Ken Knabb. Situationist Antology.
Thomson and Bordwell: Film History: An Introduction
Škvorecký Josef: The Cowards
Robbe-Grillet, Alain. The Jealousy.
Mc Innes, Colin. Absolute Beginners.
Rossellini, Roberto. Stromboli.
Bergmann, Ingmar. The Seventh Seal.
Goddard, Jean-Luc. Breathless.
Grojs, Boris. Gesamkunstwerk Stalin.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations..

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Exam

Language of instruction

English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Politics in 1950 at both sides of the Iron Curtain
2. Socialist Realism in art, film, literature, history, and propaganda in Czechoslovakia
3. Literature - Czechoslovakia - Focus: Škovercký: The Cowards (1957]
4. Film: Poland - Focus: Wajda: The Canals (1957)
5. Film: Focus: Sweden - Bergmann: The Seventh Seal (1957)
6. Film. France. Cahiers du Cinema; the birth of the New Wave and the concept of auteur film; Focus: Godard: Breathless (59)
7. Film: Neorealism: Italy. Focus: Rossellini: Stromboli (1950)
8. Literature - France. Existencialism and the New Novel. Focus: Robbe-Grillet. La Jalousie (57)
9. literature - Britain - Focus: Colin Mc Innes - Absolute Beginners
10. Some art groups of mid fifties: The Independent Group (UK), the SI
11. Music: bebop, cool jazz, Miles Davis, etc...

Aims

The goal of this course is to provide students with a detailed knowledge of European culture in mid 50s.

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

Two absences per semester are allowed.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUM Master's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Seminar

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer