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The image and transformation of social critique in selected works of Swedish Crime Fiction
Všetečková, Andrea ; Bílek, Petr (advisor) ; Činátlová, Blanka (referee)
(in English): The thesis deals with the topic of social criticism across the genre of detective stories from the 1960s in Sweden. The theoretical part describes how social criticism is constituted in this genre and how it contributes to its specificity. Based on a selected cross-section of five works, it presents not only the various topics which these authors work with, but also the changes in this critique over time. The analyzed works are: The Man on the Balcony (1968) by Sjöwall and Wahlöö, who establish this genre with clear social criticism, the first part of the trilogy Millennium The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008) by Stieg Larsson, who, according to many experts, successfully completes this era, The Stone Cutter (2008) by Camilla Läckberg, The Sandman (2012) by Lars Kepler and Those Who Failed (2015) by the duo Hjorth and Rosenfeldt, that is the works by three contemporary authors of this genre.
Image of Fantasy in Literature of Central Europe
Bártková, Kateřina ; Činátlová, Blanka (advisor) ; Bílek, Petr (referee)
The diploma thesis tries to define the problematic of the fantastic and magic in Central European literature. It captures a selection of works published between the second half of the 20th century until today in which unrealistic elements are markedly presented (such as imaginary space, function of dreams, blending of natural and unnatural as well as myths) and time has a specific function. The main focus is on authors such as Daniela Hodrová, Daniel Kehlmann, Saša Stanišić, Olga Tokarczuk and Jáchym Topol. The aim of this work is to find out whether it is possible to understand Central European literature in categories such as magical realism or the fantastic, or whether Central Europe is so saturated with Western rationalism that all attempts to find magic fail.
Knihovnička úderníků: Semiotic Analysis, Narrative Strategies, Context, Kitsch
Kaňka, Tomáš ; Činátlová, Blanka (advisor) ; Machek, Jakub (referee)
The aim of this bachelor thesis is to analyse the Knihovnička úderníků series published between 1949 and 1956 by the Práce publishing house. The series comprised of 69 publications (including professional literary reportages and biographies) about shock-workers, the fifties "symbolic heroes". Given the fact that the books are not well-known, the thesis deals with the texts from different points of view to provide an overview of the series. The approach has been predominantly synchronic with a few exceptions, e.g. contextualizing the series at the beginning of the thesis. Considering the high number of the texts, the author finds it useful to delimit main functions of the texts and to find their common features. One of the main goals of the thesis is to perform a semiotic analysis of myths, emblems and rituals which occur in the works and which socialistic cultural mythology is comprised of. In this chapter Vladimír Macura's methodological approach is being used. The texts are also analysed in terms of composition as well as narrative strategies with focus on (pseudo-)autobiography. The last part of the thesis deals with kitsch. Despite the fact that kitsch was banned by the authorities, it has been found that officially approved ideological works used kitsch to some extent as well. Keywords: Czech...
Expansion of unreliability
Gatialová, Karolína ; Bílek, Petr (advisor) ; Činátlová, Blanka (referee)
This thesis focuses on the notion of unreliability of a narrator. From the theoretical point of view, it challenges the category of unreliable narratorsas too broad and vague. It attempts to problematize the idea of a distinctive border line separating reliable and unreliable narrators via practical interpretative analysis of prototypes of narrators. Based on such analyses it claims that many of these narrators have been included in this category unjustifiably. Thus the category suffers from its expansive character and blurred meaning. The thesis perceives recognition of narrators based on binary opposition of reliable vs. unreliableas problematic; therefore the thesis also provides potential ways how to approach individual samples of narratives and their narrators. The thesis attempts to reduce growing the number of potential unreliable narrators via using other frames to describe their narrative functions.
Obsessed by Memory: Modiano, Perec, Sebald
Hřídelová, Nina Justina ; Pokorný, Martin (advisor) ; Činátlová, Blanka (referee)
This thesis is based on the theoretical framework of memory studies and deals with the question of memory and trauma representation in the prose works of Patrick Modiano, Georges Perec and W. G. Sebald. The thesis analyses a number of their works and focuses on the possibilities and difficulties of representing the traumatic experience of the Holocaust as well as the tension between the authors' personal memory and the collective and cultural memory expressed in post-war literature. Looking at the individual texts, the thesis traces various signs of traumatic narrative displayed in them, such as hypertrophied memory motifs and instruments, disruptions of linear chronology or a specific register that makes elements of extreme experience penetrate into the everyday. The thesis reaches two conclusions: first, that the traumatic narrative scheme is firmly tied to narration per se and reveals its transformative potential; second, that by means of the tools of traumatic narration, the authors find common ground in the ethical imperative of testimony.
A film adaptation of a surreal literary work (Vítězslav Nezval: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders)
Vykydalová, Anita ; Činátlová, Blanka (advisor) ; Hrdlička, Josef (referee)
The aim of this thesis is to explore the possibilities and limitations of movie adaptation of surrealist text. The approach used leverages on the analysis and comparison of the Vítězslav Nezval's prose Valery and Her Week of Wonders with its film adaptation of same name by Jaromil Jireš as well as the analysis of Vratislav Effenberger's scenic texts, also referred to as pseudo-scenarios. Based on the aforementioned process the factors that influence the degree in which the specific text can be turned into a film are set and described as well as a more general view on the possibilities and limitations of surrealist text film adaptations is synthesised and discussed. Key words: Vítězslav Nezval, Vratislav Effenberger, Jaromil Jireš, film adaptation, surrealism
Images of USA in the Reports of Ludvík Aškenazy and Miroslav Holub
Sichingerová, Sára ; Hrdlička, Josef (advisor) ; Činátlová, Blanka (referee)
This thesis aims to describe two Czech reports from the USA that were written at the turn of 1950s and 1960s: Ludvík Aškenazy's Indian Summer and Miroslav Holub's An Angel on Wheels. Regarding their contents, the works are perceived as part of a tradition of Czech writing about the USA, and as far as form concerned, they are examined as lyrical travelogues. Through an analysis of selected topics and literary devices associated with them, this thesis attempts to describe both similarities and differences between these books and then put them in context with other literary descriptions of the USA of the time. Keywords: Ludvík Aškenazy, Miroslav Holub, USA, report, travelogue
Journeys and Standstills: The Role of Inns in Fantasy Literature
Melichová, Magda ; Bílek, Petr (advisor) ; Činátlová, Blanka (referee)
(in English) The thesis aimed to explore the topos of inn in relation to the topos of journey in fantasy literature. The first step was to define the term fantasy literature with regard to the set of texts selected for the analysis; namely their connection to mythology and fairy tales, genres working with hero's initiation journey. Integral part of the thesis was to consider theoretical works focused on the image of pubs in literature, as well as a short description of the form and function of this topos in other genres. The subject of the analysis were inns from six fictional worlds representing a cross-section of the genre from the half of the 20th century until present time, while the selected examples fall mostly into the sub-genre of epic fantasy. The analysis showed that the inns have four primary functions: hero's intimate space, place of meeting and cognition, place of transformation and place of stories. Each of these functions is connected to a specific part of the initiation journey and represents its beginning, or one of its tests. All these functions are also connected to certain issues related to hero's psychological journey, namely the issue of trust, identity and will. The inns which serve as hero's intimate space have a special position; they reflect his or her state of mind and...
Transformation and Adaptation of the Cupid and Psyche Myth in Literature
Fauknerová, Anna ; Hrdlička, Josef (advisor) ; Činátlová, Blanka (referee)
Diploma thesis Bc. Anna Fauknerová (2018) Transformationand Adaptation of the Cupid and Psyche Myth in Literature Abstract This thesis deals with the myth of Cupid and Psyche. It is concerned with the version of the myth found in Apulei's novel The Golden Ass as well as in other works such as fairy tales and novels. Some of these other works refer to the myth directly while others' connections to it have not been established and they merely demonstrate similar motifs. The first part of the thesis deals with Apuleius and his text The Golden Ass, which is the oldest surviving version of the myth of Amor and Psyche. The main characteristics of the myth as well as its characters, the story and the meanings that are hidden in it are examined. The character of Psyche and the way her heroism manifests itself are examined in greater detail. The second part of the thesis compares the myth with three fairy tales and three novels based on the conclusions of the previous chapter. The greatest emphasis is placed on the development and adaptation of individual motifs, similarities and disimilarities in content and form and on the way in which the myth is reflected in literature. The third part of the thesis looks at three possible ways of interpreting the myth. Keywords: Cupid, Psyche, myth, fairy tale, motif of light...
(Dis)integration, Homecoming, Reinvestigation. The Phenomenon of Foreigner in Literature
Stančáková, Alžběta ; Hrdlička, Josef (advisor) ; Činátlová, Blanka (referee)
This thesis explores foreigner phenomenon in the following selected works: Ferenc Karinthy: Metropolis (1970), Rachid Boudjedra: Ideal Topography For a Characterised Agression (1975), Dumitru Ţepeneag: Hotel Europa (1996), and Kamel Daoud: The Meursault Investigation (2013). The first chapter focuses on the dystopian and geographically unspecified representation of the said phenomenon. The second chapter moves towards a more specific approach to the subject, examining the Algeria-France relations. The third part specifies the theme of homecoming, specifically the case of an exiled Romanian writer, contrasting with the Romanian post-revolutionary exodus to the Western Europe. The fourth part examines the literary polemic with the main character in Albert Camus's The Stranger (1942), in connection with the post-colonial situation in Algeria. All analyses focus primarily on the national and linguistic aspects.

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