Vladislav Vancura: The Heart of the Czech Avant-garde

Vladislav Vancura: The Heart of the Czech Avant-garde

by Rajendra A. Chitnis


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Vladislav Vancura: The Heart of the Czech Avant-garde by Rajendra A. Chitnis

This is the first major analytical study in English of the work of the leading Czech Avant-garde novelist and dramatist, Vladislav Vancura, often regarded as the greatest exponent of the Czech language in prose. In the study, Vancura's paradoxical attitude to contradictions, which he seeks simultaneously to overcome and to preserve, is used as a key to understanding his writing and its often ambivalent critical reception. His major works are considered in the context of art and medicine, Poetism and Proletarian art, Bergson and Marx, collectivism and non-conformism, judgement and forgiveness and the Renaissance and modern human being. The author seeks thus to place Vancura at the heart of Czech literature's preoccupations and aspirations in the inter-war period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788024614564
Publisher: Karolinum Press, Charles University
Publication date: 07/28/2007
Series: Wisconsin Center for Pushkin Studies
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Rajendra A. Chitnis is a senior lecturer in Czech, Slovak, and Russian literature at the University of Bristol, UK.

Table of Contents


Vladislav Vancura: A Brief Biographical Note

Introduction: Finding a Name for Vancura

Nemocná dívka and Tri reky: The Doctor-Writer

Amazonský proud and Dlouhý, Široký, Bystrozraký: The Proletarian Poetist

Amazonský proud and Hrdelní pre anebo Prísloví: The Bergsonian Marxist

Pekar Jan Marhoul and Poslední soud: The Collectivist Non-Conformist

Pole orná a válecná and Rozmarné léto: The Judgemental Philanthropist

Markéta Lazarová, Alchymista and 'Obcan Don Quijote': The Renaissance Czech

Obrazy z dejin národa ceského: The Chronicler

Conclusion: The 'Radical Centre'



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