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Keynote Lecture

Bohuslav Mánek, University od Hradec Králové

"From Longfellow to Whitman: Czech Reception of American Poetry in the Second Half of the 19th Century"

ABSTRACT: The paper outlines and discusses the Czech reception of American poetry through translations in periodicals, books and anthologies and the related criticism in the period from the 1850s when the first specimens were published to 1918. Special attention is devoted to the reception of the writings of the poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, William Cullen Bryant, Thomas Bailey Aldrich and Walt Whitman and to the contributions of the translators Frantisek Doucha, Edmund Břetislav Kaizl, Primus Sobotka, Josef Václav Sládek, Jaroslav Vrchlický and Antonín Klásterský. It also includes the treatment of American poetry in critical articles along with various surveys of American literature printed in the period.

BIO: Prof. PhDr. Bohuslav Mánek, CSc., teaches at the University of Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic, where he is one of the editors of the Hradec Králové Journal of Anglophone Studies. His research encompasses English, American and Czech literature and translation studies. His publications include První české překlady Byronovy poezie (The First Czech Translations of Byron's Poetry, Praha 1991), essays on the Czech reception of other Romantic poets, James Joyce and H. G. Wells, contributions to literary dictionaries as well as papers in various journals and collective monographs. He has also published Czech translations of contemporary poets writing in English.