Terre I. Bl. : Ivan Blatný a (re)konstrukce jeho místa v české kultuře

Title in English Terre I. Bl. : Ivan Blatný and the (Re)construction of his Place within Czech Culture

KOTÁSEK Miroslav

Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Slavica Wratislaviensia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web plnotextová verze článku
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.19195/0137-1150.173.30
Keywords autobiography; Ivan Blatný; cultural memory; memory; signature
Description The article analyzes the relationship between the official cultural discourse, "life" and "work" of Ivan Blatný in his British exile. While pointing at several forms of the said relationship the specifics of the exile writing are being disclosed, especially concerning the role of memory, body, and autobiography. The article sees the key strategy of writing in Blatnýs treatment of proper names. It especially concentrates on the signature "I. Bl.", which points at its own ambivalence, in a way questioning the institution of authorship. Through his writing, Ivan Blatný is leaving the predominantly hermeneutic sphere of meaning and sense (aesthetics and art) and in a surrealistic gesture uses poetry writing as an existential act, embodying the material, bodily, visceral aspects of "life". The analysis is grounded in a brief outline of the differences between poetry and prose "memory" writing.

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