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Surviving the Good Life: Cruel Optimism of the American Dream in Modern American Drama
Shakurova, Daria ; Wallace, Clare (advisor) ; Pilný, Ondřej (referee)
1 Summary Since the end of the Second World War, the United States has witnessed attrition of the American Dream. However, despite a significant decrease in available opportunities, fantasies of the good life, traditionally associated with the Dream, continue to dominate the public imagination even now. The thesis explores this paradox through the conceptual framework introduced by Lauren Berlant in her 2011 cultural study Cruel Optimism. Like fellow affect theorists, Berlant holds the belief that collectively shared affective responses organize historical periods. "Cruel optimism", according to her, is one of those responses that shape the present in post-war neoliberal societies: when a crisis becomes a part of everyday reality, people tend to maintain an attachment to dysfunctional, or even threatening, conventions in order to preserve at least some possibility of "normal" existence. While Berlant looks for exemplary cases of that mostly in fiction and film, the thesis proposes modern American drama as another prolific source. After the war, playwrights turned to the individual as a "citizen", dedicating more attention to the way psychology and personal choices play the role in larger social and political issues. This general tendency makes it appropriate to look for a recurrent scenario, featuring...
Comic Elements in the Post-Conflict Dramatic Representation of the Troubles in Northern Ireland
Zdraveska, Marija ; Pilný, Ondřej (advisor) ; Wallace, Clare (referee)
The purpose of this MA thesis is to analyse the function of the comic elements in several post-conflict Northern Irish plays that deal with the legacy of the Troubles. This thesis stems from the hypothesis that the approach towards the armed conflict has changed during the 20 years of peace and has allowed playwrights to offer comical perspectives that not only critically engage with the issue, but at the same time help both sides of the conflict deal with the remaining trauma caused by it. The thesis provides a close reading of four Northern Irish plays which have achieved a considerable critical acclaim. The four plays chosen for the purpose of this MA thesis are: Tim Loane's comedies Caught Red Handed (2002), produced by the Tinderbox Theatre Company, and first performed in 2002 as a site-specific piece at the Northern Bank Building in Belfast; To Be Sure (2007), also written by Tim Loane, which premiered at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast five years later;1 The History of the Troubles (accordin' to my Da) (2002), a collaboration between the playwright Martin Lynch and the comedians Connor Grimes and Alan McKee, first performed at the Northern Bank as a commission by the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival; and David Ireland's Cyprus Avenue (2016), which premiered the Abbey Theatre in 2016. The choice...
Morality and Responsibility in the "Non-Irish" Works of Martin McDonagh
Doleček, Jan ; Pilný, Ondřej (advisor) ; Wallace, Clare (referee)
Martin McDonagh is considered to be one of the chief contemporary Irish-British playwrights, who also became an accomplished and universally acclaimed screenwriter and director of films. This BA thesis aims to explore the ethical side of his work, focusing on the "non-Irish" plays and films: namely on the plays The Pillowman (2003), Behanding in Spokane (2010) and Hangmen (2015) and on the films In Bruges (2008), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). In all of the aforementioned, McDonagh focuses on diverse ethical issues such as responsibility, justice, violence, racial prejudice, redemption and other themes. The way McDonagh approaches these ethical issues is mainly through his masterfully crafted characters. Most of them have distinguishable individual moralities or moral codes and it is therefore chiefly the analysis of these characters that provides comment on ethics. Given the subjectivism expressed in the work, it becomes apparent that McDonagh's oeuvre inclines toward moral relativism, although McDonagh himself rejects ascribing to any established theory (this suggest rather a post-modern approach to ethics). Another important aspect that is also be discussed in the thesis is McDonagh's implicit challenging the audience/reader, who are encouraged to...
The Functions of Storytelling in Modern American Drama: Mapping human consciousness
Bălan, Daniela Andreea ; Wallace, Clare (advisor) ; Pilný, Ondřej (referee)
1 Thesis Abstract The present thesis explores six plays written by three (post)modern American playwrights - David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Oleanna, Sam Shepard's Buried Child and True West, and Suzan-Lori Parksʼ The America Play and Topdog/Underdog in order to define and analyze the functions of performative storytelling in the dramatic texts as well as its effects on the characters' identity. In Reading Narrative, J. Hillis Miller analyzes performative storytelling as a human shaped process that people use in order to translate events into meaning and meaning into shared information. Moreover, in Narrative as Performance, Marie Maclean demonstrates the importance of this device in recalibrating human memory and communication and in enriching the traditional mimetic process used in theatre. These ideas are closely followed in the aforementioned American plays through the lenses of the most prominent themes of the end of the twentieth century American theatre. Each of the three American writers uses performative storytelling to delineate socio-political themes. David Mamet comments on the artificiality of the American self, Sam Shepard speaks about the importance of familial past and relationships, whereas Suzan-Lori Parks describes the impact of major national narratives on the...
Office Building - Brno
Červinka, Tomáš ; Pilný, Ondřej (referee) ; Kalousek, Lubor (advisor)
The aim of the diploma thesis is to design a new office building with client operation. The building is designed with requirements for buildings with almost zero energy consumption. The project also includes a complete fire safety solution for the building and a certificate of the building's energy performance. The diploma thesis is processed in the form of documentation for execution of the project.
Boarding House Amerika
Pokorný, Patrik ; Pilný, Ondřej (referee) ; Kalousek, Lubor (advisor)
This diploma thesis elaborates project documentation for the construction of building. The building is situated in outskirts of the town Velké Meziříčí. The boarding house for fooding and lodging with separated private zone and restaurant. Both parts connect entrance hall with reception and communication spaces. The lodging section is divided into three stories. Ground floor restaurant and salon with terrace on the second floor have south-facing oriented glazed curtain wall. That is the main part of building with stunning views on the ambient nature.
Civic amenities building
Baroň, Alexandr ; Pilný, Ondřej (referee) ; Berková, Petra (advisor)
The first part of this diploma thesis is to design an energy-efficient hotel with restaurant and car parking. The second part is also to create an assessment of the energy performance of the building and usage of energy from renewable sources. Hotel is designed with the idea of „smart buildings“ which means, that all the technological background is controlled by the main computer, which also harvests data to achieve a minimum energy use and financial demand and maximum comfort and safety at the same time by controlling the connected technology. By placing on a sloped terrain in the center of Brno, the basement floor can be used as car parking. The roof of this building is flat, green, with modifications for placing solar panels, whose design is part of this work. The third part of this diploma thesis is the spatial acoustics of the conference room on the first ground floor.
Civic amenities building
Matulíková, Monika ; Pilný, Ondřej (referee) ; Berková, Petra (advisor)
The aim of this master thesis is to design a new building of a nursing home with private garden and car park in Kroměříž. It is a two-storey building, without basement covered with a flat green roof with solar and photovoltaic panels. The building is divided in two parts. The southern part includes residential units (10 single units and 4 double units). The ground floor of the northern part includes dining room, a kitchen, staff premises and utility room and first floor includes further staff premises. Both parts are connected by a hall with stairs and an elevator. The vertical load-bearing structures are designed from sand-lime blocks. The horizontal load-bearing structures, stairway and elevator shaft are designed from cast-in-place reinforced concrete. The envelope is insulated with mineral wool. The building will be heated and cooled with a heat pump. It will also have a mechanical ventilation system with heat and cold recovery and root zone greywater treatment plant. The thesis is carried out in Autodesk Revit 2020, Autodesk AutoCAD, Lumion and DEKSOFT software. All structures comply with the valid standards and regulations.
Object of civic amenities
Zachovalová, Jana ; Pilný, Ondřej (referee) ; Berková, Petra (advisor)
Submitted diploma thesis prepares project documentation for the construction of a hotel building with a restaurant, which is located in the central built-up area of the town called Letovice situated in the South Moravian region. The solved building is partially basement with three above-ground floors covered by a flat vegetation roof. The hotel is designed with 23 accommodation units with a total capacity for 52 persons (including 4 persons with reduced mobility on the 2nd floor) and a restaurant for 98 guests, a bathroom and a kitchen. Guest rooms are located in the 2nd and 3rd floors. There are representative areas of the hotel in the form of an entrance hall with reception, areas for hotel management and a restaurant with a kitchen including social facilities for employees on the groud floor. There is a technical background of the building and maintance working room in the basement. The building comlies the requirement for low-energy standard buildings by combining a quality construction solution with thermal insulation of the building cover and other technological solitions. The overall character of the building is underlined by its architectural design in the form of partial greening of the facade. This solution is combined with large glazed areas giving a feeling of spaciousness and evocative cleanliness to the building.
Boarding House and Cafe "Na Fügnerce"
Kaňková, Ivana ; Pilný, Ondřej (referee) ; Kalousek, Lubor (advisor)
The diploma thesis deals with the elaboration of project documentation for the new building Boarding houseand Café "Na Fügnerce", including the required assessments according to the assignment of the diploma thesis. These are two proposed blocks of buildings, a three-storey other basement and a two-storey non-basement, both of which are interconnected by a steel connecting footbridge and a roofed part with a single-skin vegetation roof. The proposal itself is an interesting team because its land is in the spa town of Podebrady, in the very heart of this town. The task was, not only to fit into the current gap formed after the demolition of family houses, but also the architectural design of similar buildings so that they fit into the surrounding buildings. In the surroundings, the architecture of functionalist buildings is combined with the historicism of residential or multifunctional buildings, as well as buildings of industrial and Art Nouveau elements of urban furniture. The proposed capacity of the buildings is 18 beds (the proposal was considered with the stay of people with limited mobility and orientation), the cafe has 44 seats and a meeting room is designed for 22 people (this space can be presented by a mobile partition). The premises are always designed with a separate hygienic background. The construction system of the buildings is designed as a longitudinal wall with a reinforcing staircase core, the load-bearing masonry is designed primarily from sand-lime perforated blocks. The ceiling structure is designed as a reinforced concrete monolithic.

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