The Radiant Deep. Towards the Second Edition of Jiří Opelík’s Josef Čapek Cover Image

Zářivá hlubina. K druhému vydání monografie Jiřího Opelíka Josef Čapek
The Radiant Deep. Towards the Second Edition of Jiří Opelík’s Josef Čapek

Author(s): Daniel Vojtěch
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Filozofická fakulta, Vydavatelství
Keywords: Jiří Opelík; Josef Čapek; literature; modernism; art nouveau; style; literary historiography; the ‘normalization’ period;

Summary/Abstract: On the occasion of the second edition of Jiří Opelík’s first monograph of Josef Čapek (1980, 2017), this article traces its original context and outlines its significance for Czech literary historiography of the modernist movement: the limits of its contemporary reception contrasting with its massive later impact on literary scholarship, the context of the monograph series published by the Melantrich house (1961–1995), the links with the art historical debates concerning the art nouveau style and the art of the fin de siècle, the situation of literary criticism in the 1970s both in the communist Czechoslovakia and abroad, and, finally, the context of Jiří Opelík’s long term engagement with the works of the Čapek brothers and Josef Čapek in particular.

  • Issue Year: 15/2018
  • Issue No: 29
  • Page Range: 57-66
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Czech