Interpretation Seminar 3

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
202EIR3 credit 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English winter

Subject guarantor

Michaela RAISOVÁ

Name of lecturer(s)

Ondřej POLÁK, Michaela RAISOVÁ


Students come to class with a previously read text which is, based on the first observations, read again and re-interpreted, in at least key scenes. Primary texts are accompanied by reading secondary texts or other material of visual character (online).

Learning outcomes

Instructing students to read carefully, make reading a need in life, that is, to demonstrate its sense. Considering the study focus, it is a training to read dramatic texts. Drama is not the summation of all lines and stage knowledge. To read a dramatic text is to decipher its structure. The interpretation course teaches this specific type of reading. It also shows how the structure of a dramatic text (today more often, post-dramatic) changed throughout the history of theatre.

Prerequisites and other requirements


Huizinga, Johan. Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture. Mansfield Centee, CT: Martino Publishing, 2014 [1950].

Esslin, Martin. The Theatre of the Absurd. London: Methuen, 2001.

Aristotle. Poetics. Mineola: Dover Publications, 1997.

Kott, Jan. Shakespeare Our Contemporary. Translated by Boleslaw Taborski. London: Methuen, 1967.

De Garcia, Magreta and Wells, Stanley, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Sontag, Susan. An essay „Against Interpretation“ distributed as a printed document in the class.

Barthes, Roland. „The Death of the Author“ In Image, Music, Text. Translated by Stephan Heath. New York: Hill and Want, 1978.

Selected plays by William Shakespeare (King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Richard III., Coriolanus, Midsummer Night‘s Dream, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo a Julie, Measure for Measure, The Tempest and other, depending on the group focus).

Selected plays by Tom Stoppard, J. M. Synge, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Marina Carr, Martin McDonagh, Patrick Marber, Sarah Kane, Joe Penhall, Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, David Mamet and other playwrights according to group’s interest.

Other essays and texts are distributed in the class according to the need and focus of the group.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Students gain credits after the first semester and do an exam after the second semester. Part of the exam is an oral presentation on a selected topic. Aside from active participation during the whole course, students are evaluated according to their ability to communicate their thoughts based on thorough reading. In the winter semester, students write seminary papers on selected topic based on the reading list.

Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

room R407a

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)


Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 11:00–14:00 Ondřej POLÁK
Michaela RAISOVÁ
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans