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Brno Studies in English

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Brno Studies in English (published since 1959) is an open, peer reviewed international journal publishing articles from the fields of English and American studies. Starting from 2009, two issues will be published annually.

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Theory and Practice in English Studies I

Theory and Practice in English Studies


The peer reviewed electronic journal Theory & Practice in English Studies (E-ISSN: 1805-0859) publishes original, scholarly articles in the main areas of English and American Studies: Literature, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, and Translation Studies. The journal’s goal is to participate in, and to further, the various discourses in these areas, both among established scholars and postgraduate students.


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Secreted Desires: The Major Uranians: Hopkins, Pater and Wilde by Michael Matthew Kaylor (see description under "Books by the Members..." below)

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ParticipationMarta Dynel and Jan Chovanec (eds.)
Participation in Public and Social Media Interactions

This book deals with participation frameworks in modern social and public media. It brings together several cutting-edge research studies that offer exciting new insights into the nature and formats of interpersonal communication in diverse technology-mediated contexts. Some papers introduce new theoretical extensions to participation formats, while others present case studies in various discourse domains spanning public and private genres. Adopting the perspective of the pragmatics of interaction, these contributions discuss data ranging from public, mass-mediated and quasi-authentic texts, fully staged and scripted textual productions, to authentic, non-scripted private messages and comments, both of a permanent and ephemeral nature. The analyses include news interviews, online sports reporting, sitcoms, comedy shows, stand-up comedies, drama series, institutional and personal blogs, tweets, follow-up YouTube video commentaries, and Facebook status updates. All the authors emphasize the role of context and pay attention to how meaning is constructed by participants in interactions in increasingly complex participation frameworks existing in traditional as well as novel technologically mediated interactions.

Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2015, 285 pages.
ISBN: 978-90-272-5661-4, DOI: 10.1075/pbns.256

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Review in the Linguist List

Review in Journal of Pragmatics


messengersJan Chovanec

Pragmatics of Tense and Time in News


This book provides the first comprehensive account of temporal deixis in English printed and online news texts. Linking the characteristic usage of tenses with the projection of deictic centres, it notes how conventional tenses, particularly in headlines, are affected by heteroglossia arising from various accessed voices. The resulting tense shifts are interpreted pragmatically as a conventional reader-oriented strategy that creates the impression of temporal co-presence. It is argued that since different tense choices systematically correlate with the three main textual segments of news texts, the function of tense needs to be viewed in a close connection with its local context. Traditional news texts are also contrasted with online news, particularly as far as the effect of hypertextuality on the coding of time is concerned. A two-level structural framework for the analysis of online news is proposed in order to account for their increased textual complexity. The book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students working in the fields of media pragmatics, discourse analysis and stylistics.

Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2014. 294+xvi pp.

ISBN 978-90-272-5658-4

DOI: 10.1075/pbns.253

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Review in Discourse & Society




The Collected Works and Commissioned Biography of Edward Perry Warren – Volumes I and II

Edited with an introduction and notes by
Michael Matthew Kaylor

These two volumes provide scholarly editions of Edward Perry Warren's works (all, save one, never before re-issued), augmented by a biographical introduction, extensive notes, translations, illustrations, and appendices. For the first time, Warren's voice is heard in full—through his correspondence and other residues that constitute his commissioned Edward Perry Warren: The Biography of a Connoisseur, through his conversation, captured in Osbert Burdett's "An Imaginary Conversation," through his novel A Tale of Pausanian Love (published here for the first time) and his collection The Wild Rose: A Volume of Poems, through his fairy-tale The Prince Who Did Not Exist and his scholarly article "The Scandal of the Museo di Villa Giulia," through his pamphlet Classical and American Education and his retelling of three Greek legends in Alcmaeon, Hypermestra, Caeneus, and through his magnum opus, the apologia A Defence of Uranian Love.


Masaryk University Press, 2013
Volume I (738 pages); ISBN-13: 978-80-210-6345-7; DOI: 10.5817/CZ.MUNI.M210-6345-2013
Volume II (764 pages); ISBN-13: 978-80-210-6346-4; DOI: 10.5817/CZ.MUNI.M210-6346-2013

MU Press


messengersTomáš Kačer

New Messengers: Short Narratives in Plays by Michael Frayn, Tom Stoppard and August Wilson


The publication introduces the “new messenger” as a specific type of dramatic character, a follower of the conventional “messenger” whose presence in traditional drama serves several purposes, which the new messenger also fulfills. What makes it different is the fact that it is not an independent character, but the role it has is assumed by major characters in contemporary mainstream drama, such as journalists and reporters, politicians and their assistants, scientists and teachers, detectives and police officers, historical characters, philosophers and scholars, etc. The publication provides examples of the use of this type in a series of case studies of plays by two British playwrights Michael Frayn and Tom Stoppard, and an African-American playwright August Wilson.

Počet stran: 140
Vazba brožovaná
Formát 170 x 240 mm
Obor anglický jazyk a literatura, divadlo
Rok vydání: 2013
Cena: 145 Kč
ISBN 978-80-210-6339-6

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causedmotionNaděžda Kudrnáčová

Caused Motion: Secondary Agent Constructions


 The monograph is a contribution to the study of the interactions between semantics, pragmatics and syntax. It offers an analysis of English causative contructions with intransitive verbs of motion (secondary agent constructions), which have been dealt with so far only partially. The analysis is mainly bulit on the material from the BNC and COCA. It identifies several (partially overlapping) constructional subtypes and a set of factors which enable the verbs to enter into them. The monograph is an interdisciplinary work, bringing new insights into cognitive linguistics (especially in the analysis of a causation of motion) and building on insights from psycholinguistics and philosophy of language. The monograph is designed for linguistists and students of linguisitcs.


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České pokusy o Shakespeara
Pavel Drábek

Dějiny českých překladů Shakespeara doplněné antologií neznámých a vzácných textů z let 1782–1922
Rok vydání: 2012
Počet stran: 1136
Vazba: vázaná
Formát: 160 x 240 mm
Číslo publikace: 266
ISBN: 978-80-7443-056-5
Grafická úprava: Naděžda Svobodová

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Collected Works of Jan Firbas. Volume One (1951–1967)
Aleš Svoboda, Jana Chamonikolasová a Ludmila Urbanová (eds.)

Jan Firbas (1921–2000), a follower of the linguistic tradition of the Prague School, became internationally renowned for his theory of Functional Sentence Perspective. Although the bibliography of his works comprises more than 150 items, those items – papers and reviews written mostly in English, though occasionally in Czech, German, and Russian – are scattered across numerous journals and conference proceedings published throughout the world. Although his famous theory was outlined in his monograph Functional Sentence Perspective in Written and Spoken Communication (Cambridge University Press, 1992), the detailed analyses compiled here have remained largely inaccessible to the international linguistic community.
The publication by Masaryk University Press of the Collected Works of Jan Firbas, containing the author’s original papers and reviews along with introductions, annotations, translations into English of all passages in other languages, and other scholarly apparatuses, will provide access to the entirety of the works of this outstanding scholar.
The first volume, which comprises the papers written between 1951 and 1967, presents Jan Firbas’s earliest works.

Brno: Masaryk University 2010. ISBN 978-80-210-5128-7. 384 pages.

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Input, Process and Product: Developments in Teaching and Language Corpora
James Edward Thomas, Alex Boulton (eds.)

This volume is a collection of 21 academic papers selected from the ninth biennial Teaching and Learning Corpora conference that was held at Masaryk University in the summer of 2010. The papers were selected through a double blind reviewing process by the academic committee of the conference. The book deals with a variety of uses of language corpora in foreign or second language teaching and learning, and is divided into four parts. Sections 1 and 2 look at corpora as input, first exploring general issues of how they can inform language teaching, and second describing how this can be put into practice and evaluating concrete uses of corpora with learners. Sections 3 and 4 look at learner corpora as output: this includes comparison with native-speaker corpora to identify ‘errors’ or areas of difficulty, but also shows what learners can and do know at different levels of proficiency, and what this tells us about the learning process.

ISBN 978-80-210-5896-5. 160 × 230 mm. 352 pages.
Year of publication: 2012


The Amazing Emperor Heliogabalus – by J. Stuart Hay
Edited with an introduction and notes
Michael Matthew Kaylor

John Stuart Hay contributed to the Uranian canon a biography of the Roman Emperor Elagabalus (Heliogabalus), infamous as the ultimate illustration of the potential and dangers of actualized Decadence. Hay’s 1911 “psychobiography” The Amazing Emperor Heliogabalus “was attacked on all sides—for its subject and content, for historical inaccuracies and a lack of scholarly rigor, for its style and whiff of perversity, as well as for various instances of overt and easily recognizable plagiarism.” Nonetheless, “rather than its historical accuracy (which is often questionable), [what] makes this biography worthy of rejuvenation . . . [is that it] has much to say, not only about the late Uranians and their perceptions of pederastic and homoerotic history and the figures who peopled it, but also about the perceptions, or lack of perceptions, of their hetero-normative contemporaries.”


Valancourt Books, 2012; 486 pages; ISBN-13: 978-1-934555-77-4

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Language and Humour in the Media
Jan Chovanec and Isabel Ermida, eds.

Language and Humour in the Media provides new insights into the interface between humour studies and media discourse analysis, connecting two areas of scholarly interest that have not been studied extensively before. The volume adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, concentrating on the various roles humour plays in print and audiovisual media, the forms it takes, the purposes it serves, the butts it targets, the implications it carries and the differences it may assume across cultures.
The phenomena described range from conversational humour, canned jokes and wordplay to humour in translation and news satire. The individual studies draw their material for analysis from traditional print and broadcast media, such as magazines, sitcoms, films and spoof news, as well as electronic and internet-based media, such as emails, listserv messages, live blogs and online news.

Contributions by: Patricia Andrew, Melody Geddert, Victor Raskin, Christos Arampatzis, Marta Dynel, Milena Kozic, Jan Chovanec, Moeko Okada, Isabel Ermida, María Jesús Pinar Sanz, and Jamil Dakhlia.

Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 260 pp., ISBN13: 978-1-4438-3894-8, ISBN: 1-4438-3894-2

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Review in the Linguist List

Review in the European Journal of Humour

Review in Humour: International Journal of Humour Research


Jeffrey Vanderziel, Věra Vémolová, Linda Nepivodová, Lidia Kyzlinková
Chci studovat angličtinu

Přepracované a rozšířené vydání publikace určené všem studentům angličtiny, kteří chtějí své znalosti dále rozvíjet a úspěšně složit některou z následujících zkoušek z angličtiny: maturitní zkoušku, přijímací zkoušku na vysokou školu, některou mezinárodní zkoušku anebo státní zkoušku na jazykové škole. Obsahuje tipy JAK studovat angličtinu a JAK se efektivně připravovat ke zkouškám, podrobný popis jednotlivých typů testů a samotné testy s klíčem a komentáři. V publikaci si lze například procvičit tzv. cloze testy (doplňování chybějícího slova), porozumění čtenému textu, hledání chyb, tvoření slov, slovesné časy, transformace apod. V další části jsou podrobné informace o testu znalostí z kultury dané jazykové oblasti a jeho příklady.



 Jan Chovanec, Miroslav Bázlik, Teodor Hrehovčík
Soudní překlad a tlumočení [Court Translation and Interpreting]
Publikace je určena všem překladatelům a tlumočníkům, kteří přicházejí do kontaktu s oblastí práva, ale také zájemcům o získání kvalifikace soudního tlumočníka. Hlavní část knihy tvoří rozsáhlý česko-anglický glosář termínů a spojení užívaných v právní praxi. Ve 100 tematických okruzích je obsaženo takřka 3000 výrazů a vazeb, které čtenářům umožňují rychle se seznámit se základní slovní zásobou příslušné oblasti. Hesla jsou doplněna vysvětlujícími komentáři a zrcadlovým překladem vybraných ukázkových vět, které ilustrují běžně se vyskytující formulace v nejrůznějších oblastech. Druhá část publikace zahrnuje paralelní překlady různých typů dokumentů (např. smlouva, rozsudek, poučení svědka, plná moc, zatýkací rozkaz), které jsou doplněny vysvětlivkami a rozborem nejčastějších překladových chyb. Kniha Soudní překlad a tlumočení je novinkou na českém trhu a vychází vstříc praktickým potřebám více i méně pokročilých uživatelů.

Praha: Wolters Kluwer, 2011. 408 pages. ISBN: 978-80-7357-684-4
Recenze JUDr. Marka Fryštáka, PhD. (Časopis pro právní vědu a praxi, 2012)
Nominace na cenu JTP "Slovník roku 2013"

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Martin Drápela FSP

Martin Drápela

Aspects of Functional Sentence Perspective in Contemporary English News and Academic Prose

The study investigates selected aspects of Functional Sentence Perspective (FSP) in contemporary English news and academic prose, namely the information contour of text, the occurrence of communicative units and communicative fields, violation of the FSP linearity principle, the occurrence of dynamic semantic scales, dynamics of broad and narrow scenes, and the types of thematic progressions, including simple linear thematic progressions, progressions with continuous (constant) themes, and progressions with derived themes. These aspects are taken into consideration to address a hypothesis that FSP phenomena are stylistically relevant.

Brno: Masaryk University 2011
ISBN 978-80-210-5681-7

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Literární biografie

Literární biografie jako křižovatka žánrů
[Literary Biography as the Crossword of Genres]
Editors: Stephen Hardy, Martina Horáková, Michael M. Kaylor, Kateřina Prajznerová
ISBN 978-80-7294-383-8
Brno: Host 2011

An anthology – in Czech – of (auto)biographic texts by the following authors (in translations produced by students of a translation course at the Department):

I. Fictionalized biografies: Walter Pater / T. E. Lawrence / Forrest Reid / A. J. A. Symons / Peter Ackroyd / Rita and Jackie Huggins / Gail Jones / Leah Purcell and Scott Rankin; II. Pastoral biografies: William Bartram / Mary Austin / Emma Bell Miles / Emily Carr / John Berger / Aritha van Herk / Paul Carter / Scott Russell Sanders / Robyn Davidson / Kim Mahood.

Please see the Czech version of the page for more details (in Czech).

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Global Issues ELTGlobal Issues in the ELT Classroom
James Thomas, Martina Pavlíčková, Šárka Bystřická (eds).

Poverty, Slums, Child Soldiers, Water Stress, Early Marriages, AIDS, Gender Illiteracy, Fair Trade, Climate Change, Malaria and a lot more. These are the issues your students can explore using and developing their English language skills.

The topics follow the UN Millennium Development Goals initiative – the most ambitious initiative today tackling inequities across the world.

Global Issues in the ELT Classroom is a resource pack with more than 30 lesson plans each from 45 to 90 minutes long. It targets teenage and adult students of three levels of English: pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper-intermediate.

The lesson plans are task-based, develop critical thinking and make the most of students creativity. The teacher is often only a facilitator in the classroom.

The book won the Cambridge ESOL International Award for Innovation in 2010, read more.

Praha: Společnost pro Fair Trade, 2008.
Detailed info and samples of the teaching materials


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The Tom Barber Trilogy - by Forrest Reid – Volumes I and II
Edited with a study and notes
Michael Matthew Kaylor

Despite his sixteen novels, his two autobiographies, and a range of other works, despite being a founding member of the Irish Academy of Letters and an honorary Doctor of Letters of Queen's University in Belfast, and despite his novel Young Tom being awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Ulster novelist Forrest Reid (1875-1947) closely borders both oblivion and canonicity. However, this author, who has been aptly dubbed the "Arch-Priest of a Minor Cult," deserves reconsideration and perhaps a place in the pantheon of English letters.

The Tom Barber Trilogy – composed of the very distinct novels Uncle Stephen (1931), The Retreat; or, The Machinations of Henry (1936), and Young Tom; or, Very Mixed Company (1944) – is Reid's magnum opus. The present scholarly edition presents those three novels as clean texts (in Volume I), followed by a study of Forrest Reid and explanatory notes for the trilogy (in Volume II).

Valancourt Books, 2011; Volume I (656 pages; ISBN-13: 978-1934555866)
Volume II (628 pages; ISBN-13: 978-1934555873)
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Alternatives in Biography: Writing Lives in Diverse English-Language Contexts
by Stephen Paul Hardy, Martina Horáková, Michael Matthew Kaylor, Kateřina Prajznerová

Alternatives in Biography focuses on texts that draw into question fictional, personal, and academic genre conventions, foregrounding the multiple ways lives are written and selves are constructed. Each of the four chapters examines a particular type of transgressive auto/biographical writing, namely versions of pastoral biography, Indigenous collaborative life writing, Uranian/fictionate autobiography, and bioregional biography. American, Australian, British, Canadian, and Northern Irish perspectives are explored. Key writers considered here are “A. Newman” (1854-1932), Forrest Reid (1875-1947), Emily Carr (1871-1945), Emma Bell Miles (1879-1919), John Berger (1926–), Peter Ackroyd (1949–), Paul Carter (1951–), Rita Huggins (1921-1996), Jackie Huggins (1956–), Kim Scott (1957–), and Hazel Brown (1925–).

Masaryk University Press, 2011
300 pages; ISBN-13: 978-80-210-5757-9; DOI: 10.5817/CZ.MUNI.M210-5757-2011

MU Press


Lad's Love_Vols 1 & 2

Lad's Love: An Anthology of Uranian Poetry and Prose – Volume I and II
Edited with an introduction and notes by Michael Matthew Kaylor

These two volumes constitute the first substantial anthology of paederastic poetry and prose compiled and published since Men and Boys: An Anthology in 1924. It is a representative sampling of the diverse paederastic texts written by the English Uranians, ranging from William Johnson’s Ionica (1858) to Samuel Elsworth Cottam’s Cameos of Boyhood (1930). Forty-seven writers of Uranian poetry and prose have been included in this anthology.


Valancourt Books, 2010; Volume I (632 pages; ISBN-13: 978-1934555958)
Volume II (640 pages; ISBN-13: 978-1934555965)

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drabek_prebal_03Pavel Drábek
Fletcherian Dramatic Achievement

A Study in the Mature Plays of John Fletcher (1579-1625)

This book analyzes plays written by the leading Jacobean dramatist John Fletcher and his collaborators. Until very recently, it was only the early plays, co-authored by John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont, that were given any attention by academics. This book argues that it is only in the final decade of Fletcher’s prolific life that his drama may be spoken of as mature, starting with the plays he collaborated on with Shakespeare to the final grand plays written in the genre of the Baroque tragicomedy.

Brno: Masaryk University Press, 2010. 216 pages.
ISBN 978-80-210-5281-9




Us-Them-Me: The Search for Indentity in Canadian Literature and Film
Nous-Eux-Moi: La quete de l'identité dans la littérature et le cinéma canadiens

Petr Kyloušek / Klára Kolinská / Kateřina Prajznerová /
Tomáš Pospíšil / Eva Voldřichová Beránková / Petr Horák

Canada represents a unique environment for studying literary and cultural questions of the relations between various linguistic, ethnocultural, social and individual identities. Both Anglophone Canadian and Francophone Canadian literatures, as well as the film, have been impacted by issues including images of one's self and the other, identity and alterity, integration and exclusion, hybridization and the mixing of values. The book develops a synthesis based on an analysis of contrasting points of view: Anglophone Canadian and Francophone Canadian as well as the points of view of Canada's First Nations, immigrant communities and other groups. Literary works are examined through the prism of cultural identity models ranging from conceptualized and theoretically based discourses to non conceptualized poses; the structuring and dynamics of systems of values is examined using integrating and separatist factors. Literature is placed into a broader, non literary context: on the one hand issues relating to identity, alterity, universalism and multiculturalism will be placed within a general historical philosophical framework that will allow the better development of general principles; on the other hand, those cultural areas where the language barrier is less pronounced and which offer the possibility of a more unified approach, i.e. the visual arts and cinema, is also examined. This approach allows to show the relationship between diversity and unity.

Masarykova univerzita, Brno 2009
ISBN 978-80-210-5061-7


Tajemství modrých třešní

Tajemství modrých třešní
by Matthew Nicholls
(Original title: A Fistful of Cherries)

Transl. by Filip Krajník a Vladislava Vaněčková

Argo, Prague 2009

ISBN 978-80-257-0221-5
Publisher's info (in Czech)
Authorial reading – photographs

For reviews (in Czech), see the Czech version of this page.




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