Journalism of Milena Jesenska

Journalism of Milena Jesenska

by Milena Jesenska
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571815600

ISBN-13: 9781571815606

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

"Jesenská's essays offer firsthand observations on a society that was slowly imploding between the years 1920 and 1939 [and] will certainly encourage lively classroom debates (especially in women's studies, political science and history courses) concerning politics, the condition of women, and social problems of yesterday and today." · Slavic and East…  See more details below

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"Jesenská's essays offer firsthand observations on a society that was slowly imploding between the years 1920 and 1939 [and] will certainly encourage lively classroom debates (especially in women's studies, political science and history courses) concerning politics, the condition of women, and social problems of yesterday and today." · Slavic and East European Journal

Milena Jesenská, born in Prague in 1896, is most famous as one of Franz Kafka's great loves. Although their relationship lasted only a short time, it won the attention of the literary world with the 1952 publication of Kafka's letters to Milena. Her own letters did not survive. Later biographies showed her as a fascinating personality in her own right. In the Czech Republic, she is remembered as one of the most prominent journalists of the interwar period and as a brave one: in 1939 she was arrested for her work in the resistance after the German occupation of Bohemia and Moravia, and died in Ravensbrück concentration camp in 1944.

It is estimated that Jesenská wrote well over 1,000 articles but only a handful have been translated into English. In this book her own writings provide a new perspective on her personality, as well as the changes in Central Europe between the two world wars as these were perceived by a woman of letters. The articles in this volume cover a wide range of topics, including her perceptions of Kafka, her understanding of social and cultural changes during this period, the threat of Nazism, and the plight of the Jews in the 1930s.

Kathleen Hayes received her Ph.D from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, and has taught Czech literature and history at Charles University and New York University in Prague.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571815606
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
A Note on the Text
Introduction
Illustrations
IArticles from Tribuna, 1920-1922
What People Eat in Vienna49
The New Big-City Type53
Bathing Costumes57
The New Big-City Type II60
The Cafe64
The Letters of Eminent People67
Shop-Windows70
The Household and Overalls73
Dance over the Abyss76
Children81
My Friend86
Mysterious Redemption91
Melancholy in the Rain95
Superficial Small Talk about a Serious Subject98
IIArticles from Narodni listy and Lidove noviny, 1922-1929
On the Psychology of the New Society103
Devil at the Hearth107
The Bath, the Body and Elegance112
A Few Old-Fashioned Comments About Women's Emancipation115
A Theme that has nothing to do with Fashion120
A Beautiful Woman123
From One Person to Another126
The Curse of Outstanding Qualities130
For Whom Do We Write About Fashion in the Newspapers?134
Baby138
A Cry for Independence141
Civilised Woman?144
IIIArticles from Pritomnost, 1938-1939
Judge Lynch in Europe149
There will be no Anschluss157
Hundreds of Thousands Looking for No-Man's-Land167
Beyond Our Strength178
What Remains of the Communist Party?183
Married Women out of Work188
In No-Man's-Land193
Good Advice is Better than Gold198
Prague, the Morning of 15 March 1939205
The Art of Standing Still210
Am I, First and Foremost, Czech?214
Soldaten wohnen auf den Kanonen ...218
Bibliography225
Index229

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