11. 06. 2024
Language: CZ
Ústav pro českou literaturu AV ČR, dolní sál
Na Florenci 1420/3, Prague

Veronica Tuckerová: Kafka and Czech Independent Culture

The lecture series on the reception of Franz Kafka's works will be concluded by Veronika Tuckerová (Harvard University, USA) with her contribution on Kafka and Czech independent culture.

The lecture will take place in the Lower Hall of the Institute of Czech Literature of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the recording will be available on YouTube afterwards.

Admission to the lecture is free and no registration is required.

Notes on the lecture:

The lecture will focus on the „unofficial“ reception of Kafka in Czechoslovakia in the 1950s and between 1968 and 1989, outlining how painters, writers and translators such as Mikuláš Medek, Zbyněk Sekal, Zbyněk Havlíček, Bohumila Grögerová and Josef Hiršal, among others, related to the German-Jewish author living in Prague. This early phase of Kafka's reception is distinguished from the later phase of „normalisation“, when Kafka had already been fully domesticated in Czech culture; the general awareness of his work also enabled various non-literary uses, as described by Jiřina Šiklová, for example.

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