Seminar of Criticism 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
204KRI2 ZK 1 2T Czech summer

Subject guarantor

Name of lecturer(s)

Zdeněk TICHÝ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

  1. Familiarising students with the basics of critical work.
  2. Placing current theatre trends in the context of other artistic fields.
  3. Developing critical reflections on events in foreign theatre and through this fostering in students an awareness of wider realities.
  4. Helping students to reflect on their own work with a critical distance by critically evaluating the work of others.
  5. Understanding the relationship between the artist and the critic as partners in a dialogue.

Mode of study

Discussion, media sample analysis, text analyses, analysis of current theatre performances.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

  1. The ability to hold a dialogue.
  2. The capacity for reflection and self-reflection.
  3. Capacity for analysis.
  4. Basic overview of events in contemporary theatre.

Course contents


  1. Introduction to the world of the theatre critic, from Diderot through Čapek to Machonin.
  2. Elementary reflections on the seen and heard as the starting point for a review.
  3. Analysis of a theatre production emphasising the critical analysis of its individual components.
  4. Theatre festivals as a place for artistic confrontation.
  5. Conversation as part of critical reflection.
  6. Current tendencies in Czech, or world theatre.
  7. Critical reflection on a work of personal creation.
  8. The art to lead a polemic or critical reflection on contemporary criticism.


The basic form of the critical seminar comprises discussions on theatre performances during which, through dialogue, students learn how to formulate and refine their opinions. Another important stage comes with the written analyses and reflections, which develop the skill of writing an expert review of a theatre production. Seminar participants develop their abilities of reflection on the theatre in an international context by pointing out the variety of genre, progressive trends and the originality of prominent theatrical figures, also in a context of what is happening in other artistic fields. The ability for critical reflection (and self-reflection!) is definitely the goal here, but becomes a means to developing creative thought. It also acts as a catalyst for artistic dialogue, which may function not only between members of production team itself but in an ideal situation also creates inspirational communication between artists and professional critics.

Recommended or required reading

BALVÍN Josef: Vlastimil Brodský. 1. vyd. Praha: Orbis, 1967

ČERNÝ František: Kapitoly z dějin českého divadla. 1. vyd. Praha: Academia, 2000. ISBN 80-200-0780-2

SUCHAŘÍPOVÁ Helena: Jana Hlaváčová - Žena v množném čísle. 1. vyd. Praha: Achát, 1997. ISBN 80-902221-4-5

ŠTĚPÁNEK Zdeněk: Herec. 1. vyd. Praha: Mladá fronta, 1961

VALTROVÁ Marie: Kronika rodu Hrušínských. 1. vyd. Praha: Odeon, 1994. ISBN 80-207-0485-X

VOSTRÝ Jaroslav: Petr Čepek - Talent a osud. 1. vyd. Praha: Achát, 1996. ISBN 80-902221-0-2

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on class participation. During the semester independent reading, visits to selected theatre performances and participation in class discussions are required. A condition for successful completion of the course is: class participation.


This course is open to students from other studies.

Instruction schedule see: www DAMU / katedra ALD / Pro studenty / Rozvrhy

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

room R210
Učebna R210 (DAMU)

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 17:30–18:30 Zdeněk TICHÝ Učebna R210 (DAMU)
Karlova 26, Praha 1

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