Interpretation methods 1

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207INT1 Z 1 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student develops, based on theory, their own performance activity applying particular performance methods, procedures and mechanisms. The student demonstrates the abiltiy to implement theory-critique performance theatre stage events in the context of modern considerations and thought on theatre but not only theatre.

Mode of study


Prerequisites and co-requisites

Attending selected performances, knowledge of fundamental developmental tendencies in Czech and European theatre criticism.

Course contents

The lectures are devoted to theatre theory methodolgy trends of the 20th century. They offer the characteristics of individual methodology approaches to interpretation on the theatre stage and its reception in performance at the aesthetic and communication levels, under the unifying concpet of a theatre stage event. The first phase of instruction is research and use of original elementary methods of understanding any tme of these events: "A description of individual components, analysis of their connections at the syntagmic and paradigmatic levels and a final presentation of theatre stage events as the arrangement of individual described and analysed events into a whole construct in which is clarified its integrated significance. In futher phases of instruction the key concept of INTERPRETATION appears as the presentation of a particular product, that is, as the result of the interpretation process, which studies and researches various approaches and the potential perception of the viewed event as an sensible event. At the same time developing on a theory basis intepretation activity applying particular interpretation methods, procedures and mechanisms where the student is acquainted with some of the methodology trends of the 20th century such as phenomenology, the sociological approach, receptive aesthetics, semiotics, structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, etc.

Recommended or required reading

Barthes Roland: Kritika a pravda, Českosl. spisovatel, Praha 1968

Ricoeur Paul: Život, pravda, symbol, OIKUMENH, Praha 1993

Eco Umberto: Teória inetrpretácie, Diskur a prebytok významu, Archa Bratislava 1995

Bachtin M. M.: Formální metoda v literární vědě.Kritický úvod do sociologické poetiky, Lidové nakladatelství, Praha 1980

Čtenář jako výzva. Výbor z prací kostnické školy recepční estetiky, Brno 2001

Michailovič Peter, Minár Pavol: Úvod do štrukturalismu a a postštrukturalismu, Iris, Bratislava 1997

Jan Mukařovský: Umění jako sémiologický fakt, Studie I, Brno, 2007

Genetika smyslu v Máchově poezii, Studie II, Brno 2007

Tendence v současném myšlení o divadle, JAMU, Brno, 2010,

O intepretácii umeleckého textu 19, sborník studií ÚLUK Filozofickej fakulty v Nitře

Kubínová Marie: Sondy do sémiotiky literárního díla, Akademie věd České republiky, Praha 1995

Milan Jankovič: Dílo jako dění smyslu, Pražská imaginace, Praha 1992

Nesamozřejmost, smyslu, Českolovenský spisovatel, Praha 1991

Na cestě ke smyslu, Torst, Praha 2005

Ivo Osolsobě: Mnoho povyku pro sémiotiku, Nakladatelství „G“, Brno 1992

Semiotika - divadlo - kritika, Slovenské divadlo 40, I., s. 5-11

Antoine Compagnon: Démon teorie. Host, Brno 2009

Petr A. Bílek: Hledání jazyka interpretace, Host, Brno 2003

Assessment methods and criteria

80% attendance, class participation, completion of assigned report. At the close the student completes a paper of 15-20 pages on a theory-critique interpretation of a selected theatre event which is to demonstrate the ability, based on strict and accurate methodology, to comprehend a theatre event that it becomes a real interpretation, as opposed a description, an analysis and presentation which uncovers a range of issues, posing important questions and covers a wider context which delves into the intepreted event.

The student is also able to implement a theory-critique interpretation of a theatre event in relation to contemporary considerations and thought not only of theatre.


If less than 3 students register for the course, it may be cancelled.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2018/2019:

room K224
Pracovna pedagogů

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
room K224
Pracovna pedagogů

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 11:30–13:00 Jan CÍSAŘ Pracovna pedagogů
Karlova 26, Praha 1
Wed 11:30–13:00 Jan CÍSAŘ Pracovna pedagogů
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans