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Young African American Women and Their Environment: Contemporary African American Feminine Identities, Political Views and the Sense of Security
Severová, Jana ; Maderová, Blanka (advisor) ; Veselá, Pavla (referee)
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in exploring the unique experiences of marginalized communities and how their experiences are reflected in contemporary literature. This thesis analyses and focuses on young African American women and their environment, specifically how the environment that surrounds them becomes reflected in parts of their identities. The particular features analyzed in this bachelor thesis include the contemporary African American feminine identity, political views as an identity feature, and a sense of security, all concerning the concept of environment. These distinct elements are explored in three contemporary novels by young African American women writers: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley and The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris. The goal of this thesis is to show how much young African American women are affected by their surroundings and what it means to be a young black woman in contemporary American society. Most importantly, this thesis explores how vital of a role femininity, one's political views, safety and security play in one's life. One of the outputs of this work is a short comparison of several intense situations/events that the main characters of the three novels experience. This thesis also briefly introduces...
"Silence into Language and Action": Political Poetry of Audre Lorde
Stará, Barbora ; Machová, Mariana (advisor) ; Veselá, Pavla (referee)
In her work, Audre Lorde rebels against the white male oppressors through her intimate confessions and bold imagery. Both her poetry and her prose call for justice across society. She claims her Black, lesbian, and feminist identity as she comments on the inequalities and oppression faced by the marginalised groups and formulates thoughts of and reasons for intersectional activism. Given her multi-layered identity, Lorde is able to acknowledge the multiplicity and interconnectedness of oppression and discrimination in American society. In her book of essays Sister Outsider, she presents her key thoughts on discrimination, oppression, and liberation. Lorde's poems reflect the American reality as they serve as testimonies of the struggles of Black Americans, women, and queer people. This thesis closely examines three of Audre Lorde's most famous poems, namely "A Litany for Survival," "Afterimages," and "Power" in the context of her ideas on poetry as an activist tool. To offer a framework for the reading, the opening chapter of the thesis is dedicated to delineating the historical-political context of the time of Lorde's life and work, as well as the context of the genre of political poetry and poetry of witness. Lorde proposes her understanding of poetry as an illuminative and transformative power...
Psaní jako léčba: srovnání románů Dorothy Allisonové a Tary Westoverové
Šindlerová, Zuzana ; Ulmanová, Hana (advisor) ; Veselá, Pavla (referee)
In my thesis I compare two American literary works, the canonical work of Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina, and a more recent memoir by Tara Westover, Educated. Even though the two works do not share geographical, religious, or socio-political settings, their similarities are undeniable. Both works represent a story of problematic family background, with episodes full of physical, psychological, and in the case of Bastard Out of Carolina, even sexual abuse. The universality of poverty, terrible social position in the main society and the detrimental effects of patriarchy provide a connecting matrix of similarities between the two literary works. My thesis is divided into two main parts, a theoretical introduction, and an analytical part, analyzing the literary works. The introductory part concentrates on three main topics that are essential to understanding the profoundly American context of both works. The common topic of the 'American poor' social class is contextualized mainly within the Southern context of the canonical work. The term 'white trash," is explained, chiefly supported by the highly acclaimed academic works of Matt Wray, Annalee Newitz and Nancy Isenberg. For a better understanding of the historical term, I provide a historical excursion of the derogatory term, utilizing the...
Diet's influence on human psyche
This bachelor´s thesis deals with food issues in connection with psychic´s processes. The aim was to find out how diet and psyche affect each other. I list general psychological factors, which affect food intake. I mean the sensor quality of food and the culture of dining. In the next part of the work, we learn what physiological and emotional hunger mean and what difference there is between them. I focus mainly different psychological conditions, which affect the psychological intake of food. The next important chapter describes influences of the diet on our mental health. I present the three most common and well-known types of diets. It is a ketodiet, a boxed diet and cut out fast. I deal with eating disorders such as mental anorexia, bulimia and overeating. I conclusion, I focus on the concept of stress, how stress can affect the diet and last but not least I mention food and herbs, which can help us in stressful situations. In the thesis was used the analysis of selected literature and articles.
Memory and Storytelling in Selected Works of Joy Harjo
Šimková, Karolína ; Veselá, Pavla (advisor) ; Kolinská, Klára (referee)
This bachelor thesis analyses the themes of memory and storytelling in the work of the American Indian poet Joy Harjo and argues that memory and storytelling are portrayed as indispensable means of survival and perseverance. A great emphasis is put on the detrimental effect of losing connection to one's culture as it jeopardizes the prospect of preserving one's life and culture. A renewed link promises the hope of survival and provides a way of overcoming the negative consequences of the past, of affirming one's identity and of persevering. The importance of memory as well as the crucial role of storytelling in ensuring the continuation of one's culture and people are examined in poems from the 1980s and 1990s poetry collections She Had Some Horses (1983), In Mad Love and War (1990), The Woman Who Fell from the Sky (1994), and A Map to the Next World (2000). Memory and storytelling are introduced as key concepts in Harjo's poetry. Harjo's Creek (or Muskogee) heritage and her experience as an indigenous person in the United States influence her artistic relationship to memory. Memory includes ancestral knowledge and oral tradition; remembering becomes a way of reconnecting, of ensuring the continuance of the indigenous peoples and their cultures. Storytelling is examined as an essential traditional...
Sexual Violence in Selected Works of Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and Sapphire
Vlasáková, Michaela ; Veselá, Pavla (advisor) ; Ulmanová, Hana (referee)
This thesis focuses on three works of African-American female writers: Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Alice Walker's The Color Purple, and Sapphire's Push. The primary topic of my analysis is sexual violence, or more specifically, child sexual abuse and the trauma resulting from it. Each selected novel has a protagonist who is a victim of sexual abuse and/or rape. Their victimhood plays a significant role in their psychologies, relationships, development, and their (in)ability to live a "normal" life. This thesis is divided into six chapters. In the introduction, I explain why these aforementioned works are suitable for comparison. What follows is a brief introduction to the topic of child sexual abuse and the trauma which results from it. I also present the theoretical literature I use to support my claims in the upcoming chapters. In addition, I briefly define the terms "happy ending," "realistic ending," and "tragic ending." The first analytic chapter studies the character of Celie in The Color Purple. It follows her development from a fourteen-year-old uneducated victim, to the fully formed independent survivor she becomes. Even though Celie is the only character that is serially victimized, by both her stepfather and her husband, Celie's story is one of hope. Through her abusive marriage to...
Love in Huxley's Brave New World and Island
Petrová, Diana ; Markus, Radvan (advisor) ; Veselá, Pavla (referee)
Utopia and dystopia are terms that often occur together. Utopia usually refers to a perfect or at least improved society in which all people are happy; dystopia, on the other hand, commonly represents a somehow perverse, undesirable society. The term "utopia" is older, appearing for the first time in Thomas More's book Utopia (1516), although the concept itself existed long before it got its name. "Dystopia" is a much younger term, which was used for the first time in John Stuart Mill's parliamentary speech in 1868. The term "utopia" consists of two Old Greek words that translate as "no place." The meaning of this term directly illustrates the utopian ambiguous nature - while utopia represents a much better world than the present one, at the same time it also points to the improbability of such world. It is typical of utopias that they are sustained by certain rules slightly restricting one's freedom, which could potentially be regarded as direct proof of the impossibility of a complete utopia. Dystopia is then to some extent based on this ambiguity of utopia. The main characteristic of dystopia is its undesirability stemming from the repressive laws that ensure the obedience of the population. Aldous Huxley's most famous novel, Brave New World (1932), is traditionally considered a dystopia and...
A Comparative Analysis of the New African-American Narratives and Critical Voices of Toni Morrison, Angela Davis, Al Sharpton, and Patrisse Cullors.
Leššová, Júlia ; Roraback, Erik Sherman (advisor) ; Veselá, Pavla (referee)
The struggle against racism is as old as the United States itself. Although the Civil Rights movement accomplished a significant transformation of the social and political system, it left many things unresolved. For this reason, the main argument of this thesis is that the movement did not really end in the 1960s but still continues to this day. The method used is that of comparison, where I compare the present "new" movement, which spans from the 1970s, with the original one. In this sense, the thesis also focuses on three major activists from the original movement, Martin Luther King Jr, James Baldwin and Malcolm X, to further analyze the attitudes in the original movement and compare them with the current ones later. However, the main focus of the thesis is on four personas who made a significant contribution to the "new" Civil Rights Movement in the era starting from the 1970s and who can be considered as ones of many rightful representatives of it. Firstly, Toni Morrison and Angela Davis are two prominent writers who adapted writing as an instrument for their activism. In the late 20th century, the general readership rapidly changed. Both writers were able to take this opportunity immediately as they focused their writing on portraying the harsh realities of slavery, racism, and its impacts on...
Czech Immigrants in Minnesota; History and Critical Bibliography
Škopek, Jakub ; Robbins, David Lee (advisor) ; Veselá, Pavla (referee)
This thesis takes a look at the reasons for the emigration of Czechs from Bohemia to the United States and how this emigration began in earnest after the European revolutionary year of 1848. It also takes a look at the related steps and procedures emigrants took to make this journey possible. A primary focus of this report will be the Czech immigrants that settled in Minnesota; however, the initial part of this work applies generally to Czech immigration to America. The first part of the thesis examines some of the political and social circumstances in Bohemia (as well as in much of Europe generally) that were responsible for the waves of immigration that took place in the second half of the 19th century. The thesis takes a look at how the people learned about America and about the possibilities of traveling there. The thesis also examines how the journey was made from Bohemia to one of the German ports of embarkation, as well as the difficulties and risks awaiting emigrants in such cities. Finally, this section explains the tremendous impact the new changes in sea travel - from sail to steam - had on the rapid rise in the numbers of immigrants coming into the United States. In the following section, the thesis considers some of the general difficulties faced by all new immigrants once they had...
Representations of the female in the work of Charles Bukowski
Mecner, Michal ; Quinn, Justin (advisor) ; Veselá, Pavla (referee)
Women. Coincidentally and yet not coincidentally the title of a Charles Bukowski novel and the main subject of this thesis. Charles Bukowski (1920 - 1994) was a German-born prolific American writer whose poetry and prose revolve about the underground life of Los Angeles. His characters were drunks, hustlers, prostitutes, losers, and social misfits. As inspiration he had countless dead-end factory jobs, love-hate relationships, or afternoons spent in the racetrack. After a hard day's work he cracked open a beer, put on a classical record, and began composing poems until his fingers "began to bleed" from typing or until the police came on account of the neighbors' complaint about his disturbing the peace. Bukowski's work in general is centered around the antithesis of the traditional American dream but to be more precise we should say that Bukowski was largely ignorant of the conventional way of living and the American go-getter ideal. Among the low class which became the most frequent subject of Bukowski's writing there is no such thing as daydreaming and the nights are too wild to be spent on dreaming either. There is simply no place for dreams in the lives of lower classes; there is only the rough reality of life at the bottom of everything. No wonder the author chose "Don't try" as his epitaph, often...

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