09. 04. 2024
Language: CZ
Ústav pro českou literaturu AV ČR, dolní sál
Na Florenci 1420/3, Prague

Marek Nekula: Franz Kafka and Exiled Authors

Why is it that Franz Kafka plays such an important role in exile literature? And what meanings do exiled authors associate with Kafka? These questions will be answered in a lecture by Marek Nekula (Bohemicum Regensburg), which you can attend on Tuesday 9th April 2024 at 17:00 in the lower hall of the Institute for Czech Literature of the CAS (Na Florenci 3, Prague 1).

Free admission and no registration required.


In my lecture, I ask both why Franz Kafka plays such an important role in exile literature and what meanings exile authors associate with Kafka. Thus, in both cases, this is a reception study. The first question is a general one, and in answering it I will touch on the reception of Franz Kafka in general; the second question is specific, and in answering it I will limit myself, also for reasons of time, to selected exile authors. Of these, I limit myself to authors who went or were exiled after the defeat of the Prague Spring in 1968. In particular, I will note Milan Kundera, Jiří Gruša and above all Libuše Moníková, authors who sooner or later also underwent a linguistic shift and thus a change in the model reader and target audience. Thus, while the texts continue to return thematically or may return to their home country, they do not primarily address a domestic or exile audience. This, of course, also affects the choice and presentation of themes associated with the home country, which includes Franz Kafka.

The lecture series on the reception of Franz Kafka's works is held in cooperation with the Adalbert Stifter Verein, e. V., Munich (Germany); Bohemicum, Center for Czech Studies Regensburg (Germany) and the Czech Literary Centre, Prague - Brno (CZ).