ISSN / EISSN : 0567-8269 / 2464-6830
Published by: Charles University in Prague, Karolinum Press (10.14712)
Total articles ≅ 245
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AUC PHILOLOGICA, Volume 2021, pp 131-134; https://doi.org/10.14712/24646830.2021.17
Book review on Johanna Domokos: Endangered Literature. Essays On Translingualism, Interculturality, And Vulnerability. Budapest: Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary & L’Harmattan Publishing, 2018, 196 pages.
AUC PHILOLOGICA, Volume 2021, pp 121-127; https://doi.org/10.14712/24646830.2021.16
The article analyses two art exhibitions in the context of Czech-Norwegian relations, presenting both the Czechoslovak book exhibition in Oslo (1937) and the Norwegian painting and applied art exhibition in Prague (1938) as important parts in a bilateral cultural dialogue. The promising initial communication in form of a mutual information exchange was soon disrupted by the beginning of World War II and post-war politics.
AUC PHILOLOGICA, Volume 2021, pp 83-99; https://doi.org/10.14712/24646830.2021.14
This article addresses the topic of authorial posture (as defined by Jérôme Meizoz), in particular the exilic posture. Some exiled authors, listed as examples, or prototypes of that posture, were able to achieve a stable place in the Dutch literary or cultural field. This text shows, however, that some exiled authors or artists were not endowed with the crucial qualities and abilities, and it investigates what kind of qualities and abilities they missed. The Czechs Jaroslav Hutka and Ivan Landsmann spent a part of their lives in exile in the Netherlands, where they also created literary texts. The songwriter, poet and prosaist Hutka and the novelist Landsmann did acquire a firm position in the Czech cultural and literary field without really penetrating the Dutch one. This article examines the extent to which they represented the exilic posture, describes it in more detail, and provides more fitting designations. By doing so, it answers the question why these two authors did not or could not acquire an established position in the Dutch cultural field during their exile period
AUC PHILOLOGICA, Volume 2021, pp 65-81; https://doi.org/10.14712/24646830.2021.13
This article focuses on the emotional perception of space in Stig Sæterbakkenʼs novel Gjennom natten (2012). Topoanalysis is used to examine the various emotions that the protagonist Karl feels about specific spaces – be it a house, an apartment, a part of an apartment, or a city. It turns out that space serves as a projection surface for Karlʼs feelings. Therefore, his descriptions of the respective spaces usually coincide with the narratorʼs mood, and in this sense, topoanalysis allows us to predict and better understand the motivations behind the protagonistʼs actions. Based on Gaston Bachelardʼs space concept and Yi-Fu Thuanʼs terminology, Karl's feelings are classified as topophilia (love of place) and topophobia (fear of place). However, the analysis has shown that the binary opposition topophilia-topophobia is not sufficient for determining the emotions presented and, therefore, the terms “topoaversion” and “topoanimosity” are introduced.
AUC PHILOLOGICA, Volume 2021, pp 37-51; https://doi.org/10.14712/24646830.2021.11
The article focuses on the Swedish documentary theatre play Kurage (2020) in which three protagonists look back on how Sweden handled the “AIDS crisis” in the 1980s. In doing so, the play challenges the narrative of exceptional social conditions in Sweden and delivers a queer perspective on welfare state politics. Specifically, in the aesthetic conception of the play, the complex relation between welfare state and illness comes to the fore. I argue that Kurage not only builds on persistent metaphors of illness in literature but also expands epidemic narratives and thus exposes mechanisms of exclusion and marginalization in the welfare state. Finally, the article investigates in what ways pathology, medical institutions, or in a more general way: the understanding of medicine as a “neutral” science play a part in eliminating bodies, writing them out of the body politic and thus allowing for suffering and disappearing.
AUC PHILOLOGICA, Volume 2021, pp 9-36; https://doi.org/10.14712/24646830.2021.10
This article has three aims, all of them related to the theory and practice of intertextuality. Firstly, the article makes an attempt to reconstruct the Augustinian-Lutheran type of discourse. A number of modern theologians and historians of philosophy have observed that the main currents within Christian theology have their basis in a specific discourse organization of textual utterances. With reference to these observations, the article maps out some dominant features of Augustine’s and Luther’s discoursive practices. The type of discourse thus reconstructed contains grammatical, logical-argumentative, narrative and rhetoric-figurative characteristics, and – as a matter of fact – it manifests a high degree of applicability in the field of literary studies. Secondly, the article applies the reconstructed type of discourse to analyze a masterpiece of Swedish twentieth-century literature, the novel Dykungens dotter (The Marsh King’s Daughter, 1985) by Birgitta Trotzig (1929–2013). In several interviews, Trotzig makes evidently contradictory remarks on Augustine and Luther. She dissociates herself from their anthropology at the same time as she hints that their view of human conditions has made a deep impression on her. The article’s application intends to throw light on this precarious hermeneutic situation. The intense presence of the Augustinian-Lutheran type of discourse in the novel made apparent through the application indicates that an interpretation of Trotzig’s writings by means of Augustinian-Lutheran intertexts is hermeneutically motivated in spite of her own negative declarations. Thirdly, the article makes use of the reconstructed type of discourse in order to examin Gérard Genette’s notion of architextuality. There is a theoretical incongruence in his notion. On an explicit definitory level, architextuality includes all types of discourse and modes of enunciation. On a conteptual level, however, the notion of architextuality is constructed on the pattern of literary genres. The article’s application demonstrates that Genette’s notion requires some corrections to live up to its definitory commitments. The Augustinian-Lutheran architext comes into conflict with some of Genette’s linguisticly construed structuralistic categories and demands a more discoursive and hermeneutic way of thinking.
AUC PHILOLOGICA, Volume 2021, pp 53-64; https://doi.org/10.14712/24646830.2021.12
The literary interest in Greenland has been growing steadily in recent years. Both the question of the countryʼs secession from Denmark and the handling of imperialism's historical heritage have occupied the public. The author Kim Leine diligently contributes to the debate with his works on the cultural encounters between Danes and Greenlanders. Following an overview of Leine’s description of the coexistence of colonizers and colonized and the political and religious influence of the former on the latter in the beginning of the 18. century this paper discusses how Leine tries to debunk the common perception of Danes as soft colonizers. The main purpose of the article is to investigate how the difference between the two cultures manifests itself in the father-son relations, with a special focus on the interpretation of the act of sacrifice in the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac. The approach is inspired by postcolonial theory.
AUC PHILOLOGICA, Volume 2021, pp 101-118; https://doi.org/10.14712/24646830.2021.15
This article deals with the autobiography Livsdrömmen rena (1982; The Clear Dream of Life), written by the Finland-Swedish author Christer Kihlman. It is his second so-called South America book and is based on the writer’s own experiences from the early 1980s, when he visited several South American countries. The text is seen in a theoretical-methodological frame of postcolonial studies, i.e. the 1978 book Orientalism by Edward W. Said, which describes, how “the Orient”, Oriental people and nations were viewed by their western colonizers. The analysis, which also takes into account Latin American postcolonial specificities, follows the article author’s already performed interpretation of Kihlman’s first South America book, Alla mina söner (1980; translated as All My Sons, 1984).
AUC PHILOLOGICA, Volume 2021, pp 135-136; https://doi.org/10.14712/24646830.2021.18
Book review on Margita Gáborová: Stopy severu v nemeckojazyčnej tlači Bratislavy v rokoch 1918–1929. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave, 2019, 144 pages.
AUC PHILOLOGICA, Volume 2020, pp 39-67; https://doi.org/10.14712/24646830.2021.3
In this article, we intend to follow the spread and circulation of the fake news loan in French, Polish and Czech. We will analyze in particular the way in which this lexical unit is assimilated by these three languages, from a phonetic, graphic, morphological and semantic point of view and we will be interested in examining the possible equivalents proposed, either spontaneously by the speakers, or by official French sources.