Zdeněk Kožmín a strukturalismus

Title in English Zdeněk Kožmín and Structuralism


Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Bohemica litteraria
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Web https://digilib.phil.muni.cz/handle/11222.digilib/136371
Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords Zdeněk Kožmín ; Jan Mukařovský ; Structuralism ; Structural Poetics and Aesthetics ; Theory of Interpretation ; Philosophy and Literature
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Description Zdeněk Kožmín produced a wealth of inspiring literary interpretations, but he is also the author of a specific interpretation method. The present study deals with Kožmín's relationship to structuralism, mapping the structuralist principles adopted by him and incorporated into his theoretical and methodological apparatus. The text outlines 7 key principles (a work of art as a sui generis phenomenon, working with material, concept of the whole and structure, understanding a work of art as a sign, concept of a model, dynamics of structures, and dialectics). The author of the paper demonstrates that structural analysis of a literary work and description of structural formation became an indivisible part of Kožmín's approach to interpretation of literary works. Nonetheless, Kožmín did not perceive structuralism as the only possible method of studying literary works, but rather as a point of departure, a support for developing an interpretative dialogue with a text. Kožmín's unique contribution to Czech literary theory and criticism lies in enriching structuralism with the dimension of interpretation and a philosophical-existential perspective.

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