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Contemporary Czech Literature – Themes and Traditions

This course is intended for everyone interested in literature and contemporary writing. It caters for those who already have a specific interest in Czech literature and culture, as well as those who would simply like to explore new contexts and themes.

This course addresses some of the most significant works of contemporary Czech literature and considers the links, as well as differences, between two generations of Czech writers. We discuss the ways in which the Communist and post-Communist cultural-historical environment may have influenced their craft. Topics such as censorship versus freedom of speech, state-controlled versus free-market publishing, and the role of translation are explored. Certain iconic texts of the earlier generation are invoked, in order to then focus on the most intriguing and critically acclaimed works of their successors. Petra Hůlová, Miloš Urban, Patrik Ouředník and Jan Němec will be among the writers discussed in detail. It is our aim to bring one of these exciting authors in to talk to the students.

The lectures are all given in English; all of the texts discussed are available in translation.

How to apply

Application forms are available from the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies either in hardcopy or electronic form ( The completed application form accompanied by payment in the form of a personal cheque, postal money order or bank draft, payable to Trinity College Dublin no. 1 account should be returned to: The Executive Officer, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, Room 5045, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. T: 01 896 1896,


€150 for ten 90-minute lectures, payable in advance (by 23 September 2016). This fee is non-refundable once the course has commenced. A concession rate (€100) is available to Trinity undergraduate and postgraduate students. The number of concession rate places in any given class is restricted to twenty per cent. Payment must accompany applications.

Time and place

Mondays, 7 p.m. - 8.30 p.m., in Room TBA, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2.


The course comprises of ten lectures. Lecturing commences on Monday 3rd October 2016. There will be no lecture on 31st October (Bank Holiday).