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Hidden Presence of Romain Gary in Work by Émile Ajar
Hálová, Kateřina ; Voldřichová - Beránková, Eva (advisor) ; Pohorský, Aleš (referee)
This diploma thesis is examining hidden presence of a French author Romain Gary in the works of Émile Ajar. Only after Gary's death the public learned, that Émile Ajar was in fact Gary's pseudonym, although he has publicly denied this connection throughout his life. Because of this unrevealed mystification, Gary was given Goncourt prize twice, despite the fact that each author is only allowed to receive it once. Gary claims in his testament, that an observant reader of his work should immediately discover the connection. Can we agree with him, even if literary critics failed to find out? This work investigates various literary practices used by authors to hide their identity. The "lives" of both authors are presented. Gary did not only create Émile Ajar's life story, he also persuaded his nephew to pose as Ajar in public. The stories are followed by a comparative analysis of eight novels: four published under Gary's name and four under the pseudonym. Comparing the selected works from diverse aspects, we try to answer the principal question: Was it possible to prove that Émile Ajar was Gary's creation during his very lifetime?
Vallières' White Niggers of America. French Canadians and Their Place in The Society throughout The History
Kabáčová, Michaela ; Voldřichová - Beránková, Eva (advisor) ; Šarše, Vojtěch (referee)
This thesis analyses the phenomenon of White Niggers of America. The first author to define and to analyse the concept was a Quebecois journalist and writer Pierre Vallières with his book White Niggers of America. Firstly, we follow the historical development of the phenomenon and then we focus on social conditions of French speaking Quebeckers. Thereafter, we explore the political side of the studied phenomenon and we also deal with author's argumentation strategies used to capture reader's attention and to convince him of postulates. The primary aim of this thesis is to asses the phenomenon of White Niggers of America from multiple points of view: historical, literary, social and political.
Antiheroes in French Roman Noir
Karkovský, Radek ; Voldřichová - Beránková, Eva (advisor) ; Šuman, Záviš (referee)
(in English): This work will consist in an analysis of the antiheroes in modern French literature, especially in "Roman Noir". Before treating the topic of antiheroes in mystery fiction we will describe the history of this type of protagonists in world literatures, from the classic literature to the modern one. To be able to understand the problematics of antiheroes in Roman Noir, we will also describe the history of French mystery fiction. Regarding the analysis of antiheroes in this sub- genre of crime fiction, we will start with the character of Maigret. Although the novels of G. Simenon are not real Romans Noirs, we consider them as a "passage" of the detective novel - in the traditional sense - to the Roman Noir. Furthermore, in this work, we will analyze characters of real Romans Noirs; first, the crude and surprising behavior of Nestor Burma, a famous character of Léo Malet, then the mediocrity of protagonists of the novels Morgue pleine and Le Petit Bleu de la côte ouest of Jean-Patrick Manchette, and finally, Fabio Montale, an atypical investigator from a novel series of the late twentieth century written by Jean-Claude Izzo.
The Search for a Feminine Ideal of Beauty in Gainsbourg's and Baudelaire's
Sotonová, Jana ; Pohorský, Aleš (advisor) ; Voldřichová - Beránková, Eva (referee)
The topic of this diploma thesis is the search for a feminine ideal in Gainsbourg's and Baudelaire's works. The image of an ideal woman is apparent in the works of both authors. In Gainsbourg's case, we partly dealt with the image in our bachelor thesis Lolita in Serge Gainsbourg's life and works. We try to follow up on the study. The first part of this thesis deals with Gainsbourg, especially his relationship with women. The second part treats of Baudelaire and his perception of a perfect woman. In the third part, we present selected Gainsbourg's texts, and on their basis we define the author's perception of the feminine beauty. Analogously, the fourth part deals with the analysis of Baudelaire's poetry. In the fifth part, we marginally mention also the works of other authors, where we can see a similar search for a feminine ideal. Keywords : Gainsbourg, Baudelaire, woman, ideal, myth
The Reception of Milan Kundera in Czech and French Cultural World
Suchomelová, Lenka ; Voldřichová - Beránková, Eva (advisor) ; Galmiche, Xavier (referee) ; Kyloušek, Petr (referee)
The PhD thesis The Reception of Milan Kundera in Czech and French Cultural Worlds aims to describe the main tendences and changes in the evolution regarding the reception of Milan Kundera and his work in both of the countries concerned, from its beginning to the year 2015 and their consecutive comparison. The analysis of the perception of the writer's work is based especially on articles from the press and the monographies about the author's work published until now in both of the cultural worlds. An essential part of our work has also become the chapter dealing with the author's occasional texts and translations published in various periodical or in the form of prefaces or postfaces to other monographies.
The Strategy of Asimilation in The Early Works of Patrick Modiano
Dufek, Adam ; Voldřichová - Beránková, Eva (advisor) ; Šuman, Záviš (referee)
Keywords: Patrick Modiano, assimilation, narrator, occupation, autofiction Abstract: The strategy of asimilation in the early works of Patrick Modiano In this thesis the three novels by Patrick Modiano are analysed: La Place de l'étoile (1968), La Ronde de nuit (1969) and Les Boulevards de ceinture (1972). The thesis is concerned with the changes of the identity of the characters depending on the environment. In the beginning the work defines the social process of assimilation as perceived in modern sociology. The work deals with the narrative strategy of the author and tries to analyse the process of the assimilation of the characters and elements in common within the three works. The main goal of this work is to define where, why and how the characters are being assimilated and what is the author's intention and inspiration in using this subject.
A Return to Classicism? Proust's Thinking about Love
Šťastná, Kristýna ; Voldřichová - Beránková, Eva (advisor) ; Pohorský, Aleš (referee)
A Return to Classicism? Proust's Thinking about Love A sceptical approach to love has always been represented in French literature, especially during the Classicism era. This work is an in-depth analysis of Charles Swann and his romantic relationship with Odette - as it is depicted in the first part of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. This paper attempts to verify if Proust, a 20th century author, remains anchored in the moral literary tradition and to what extent. The work examines Proust's understanding of love and compares it with the ideas of Classicism, which the author often references. The work also delineates how this pessimistic approach to love was further developed in French literature and philosophy. To what extent can, for example, Jean-Paul Sartre or Maurice Merleau- Ponty be considered as Proust's disciples?
Dystopian Elements in Michel Houellebecq's Novel Submission
Svatošová, Eliška ; Voldřichová - Beránková, Eva (advisor) ; Šuman, Záviš (referee)
This Bachelor's thesis is dedicated to the novel Submission (original title: Soumission) written by a contemporary French writer Michel Houellebecq, where he depicts France in a foreseeable future governed by a president who is a member of Muslim political party. This work aims to analyse to what extent the book can be considered as dystopia or social science fiction. To be able to answer this question, we begin by analysing some of the representative books of the genre, namely 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Ashes, Ashes by René Barjavel. This first step allows us to establish the genre characteristics and then to compare Submission to them. Consequently, we can certify that the book has some of the features typical for dystopies and social science fictions, nevertheless this analysis let us discover aspects that exclude the book from the invoked category. Last but not least, we approach a subject of reasons that the author considers in his critique of the current French society to be crucial for the phenomenon that some call "the crisis of the West". Key words Houellebecq, Submission, dystopia, crisis of the West, social science fiction, political fiction, Islamization
Barbey d'Aurevilly between Romanticism and Decadence
Lebedová, Anna ; Šuman, Záviš (advisor) ; Voldřichová - Beránková, Eva (referee)
(in English): The main objective of the thesis Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly between romanticism and decadence is not only to describe Barbey's novels Un Prêtre marié and L'Ensorcelée but specially to put these two works into context of decadent aesthetics. At the beginning of this work stood the question of whenever we can consider Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly (similarly to Charles Baudelaire) to be a pioneer of the decadent movement. We will be analysing generally universal themes, such as love, pride or revolt, but we will see them through the prism of decadence, allowing them to obtain new meanings. The same motive of love, standing for passion in a romantic work, attains in Barbey's universe a character of a pathological instinct. We have divided our work into three chapters. The first one represents a theoretical part, in which we had put Barbey's work into its literary-historical context, and we had shown the topics of the generation of "disenchanted" romantics preceding the generation of decadents. Consequently, we have arrived at the main motives of decadence par excellence. The second chapter, in which we focus on the novel Un Prêtre marié, is then the essential core of our work. Through character analysis we study motives such as hysteria, incest, pride, sadomasochism, sexuality and others,...
Minimalism in Jean-Philippe Toussaint's Work
Karkovský, Radek ; Voldřichová - Beránková, Eva (advisor) ; Šuman, Záviš (referee)
In this thesis, the traces of minimalism, firstly the style typical for visual arts will be analysed in the work of Belgian novelist Jean-Philippe Toussaint. On the basis of the three novels - Bathroom, Camera and Making Love - will be explained what the literally minimalism is based on, especially in thematic plane, processing of protagonists, narrative style and spatiotemporal anchoring. This work will dissert on mysterious female characters and their characteristics, but also on bizarre behaviour of male protagonists. Among other things, the structure of Toussaint's simple stories will be analysed and compared with other works of French literature; especially the elements of the Nouveau Roman will be accentuated. We will not miss passages about the author's obsession of unknown places (foreign cities, small hotel chambers, taxis etc.) and about author's language humour which is so popular with readers worldwide.

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