Blurring Czech-Slovak National and Literary Boundaries in the 19th Century: the Czech Perspective



Year of publication 2018
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description This paper will focus on Božena Němcová (1820-1862) and Rudolf Pokorný (1853-1857), the representatives of the Czech national literature. Both authors became famous due to their travels across Slovakia. Němcová started this tradition in 1950s, while Pokorný became one of the most active personalities in the field of Czech-Slovak reciprocity. Based on numerous trips to Slovakia, Němcová published several works, including The memoirs form the travels across Hungarian part of the Monarchy, which is considered to be the most important work. While Pokorný published an extensive travelogue in two parts, From the travels across Slovakia I and II (1884, 1885). During 19th century, the mutual Czech-Slovak and Slovak-Czech cultural and literary relationships were built mainly on the basis of the individual contacts. However, at the beginning of the 20th century, these relationships intensified and the program of cultural and political convergence lead to the establishment of the first Czechoslovak Republic in 1918.
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