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Legendy undergroundu: Ivan Jirous, Egon Bondy a počátky českého disentu

(Archivní článek, platnost skončena 31.03.2014.)

Přednáška mimořádného profesora slovanských jazyků a literatury Jonathana Boltona. Kdy: ve čtvrtek 8. dubna v 16:00 hod, kde: CREECA, Harvard University, 206 Ingrham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706.

"Legendy undergroundu:  Ivan Jirous, Egon Bondy a počátky českého disentu"

Jonathan Bolton, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Date and Time: Thursday, April 8 at 4:00 P.M.
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive

Sponsor: CREECA

About the lecture: Professor Bolton's presentation will consider the beginnings of Charter 77, one of the most influential and philosophically sophisticated of dissident movements in East Central Europe during the 1970s and 1980s.  One of the most common narratives about the birth of Czech dissent suggests that it emerged in response to the 1976 trial of a rock group called The Plastic People of the Universe; opposition intellectuals perceived the regime's persecution of rock music as part of a broader offensive against political and cultural freedom, and came together to draft Charter 77.  On this account, the Plastic People served as little more than a catalyst, mobilizing writers and other intellectuals to articulate their opposition to the regime.  In fact, the culture of the music underground -- a largely working-class and youth culture -- played a much more important role in the formulation of a Czech dissident platform.  This talk will examine a number of misconceptions about the "trial of the Plastics," as well as the writings of two key members of the music underground, Ivan Jirous and Egon Bondy.  It will suggest how a better appreciation of the underground's oppositional role can help us rewrite the standard narratives of dissent under Communist rule.

About the speaker: Jonathan Bolton received his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and he was a Junior Fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows from 2002-2004. He has published articles on contemporary Czech fiction and poetry, Czech-Jewish literature (including the entry on Czech literature for the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe), and Czech political discourse of the interwar period. He has selected and translated a volume of poetry by the contemporary Czech poet Ivan Wernisch, In the Puppet Gardens: Selected Poetry, 1963-2005, and has also edited a volume on English and American New Historicism for Teoreticka knihovna, a Czech series on literary theory that is used widely in university classes. He is currently completing a book entitled Worlds of Dissent: The Plastic People of the Universe, Charter 77, and Czech Culture under Communism.

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