Čapkova próza a drama jako zvláštní druh cestopisného psaní

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Title:Čapkova próza a drama jako zvláštní druh cestopisného psaní
Šolićová, Mirna
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Czech Literature, 59, 4, pp. 528-547
Uncontrolled Keywords:Čapek, Karel, travel writing


This essay focuses on the theme of home in the fiction of Karel Čapek (1890–1938) from an intertextual point of view. In the essay, I argue that, in contrast to his travel writing, where home was a fixed point of comparison, in Čapek’s prose fiction the home to varying degrees ceases to exist, and this writing becomes a search for a point of departure. On the one hand, the analysis shows that, while the position of the narrator changes, intermedial techniques and simultaneity are used in Čapek’s fiction. In regard to the position of the home, his fiction may usefully be divided into three groups. The first represents exotic destinations, which are often unsuccessful substitutes for the home. The two early collections of short stories written with Josef Čapek (1887–1945) – Krakonošova zahrada (The Garden of Krakonoš, 1918) and Zářivé hlubiny (The Luminous Depths, 1916) –, as well as the novels Povětroň (Meteor, 1934) and Válka s Mloky (War with the Newts, 1936), belong to this group. The second group describes wandering without a home, for the concept ‘home’ has vanished. The play Ze života hmyzu (The Insect Play, 1922, co‑authored with Josef Čapek) is analyzed here as an example of this group. The last group features journeys of self‑discovery. This treatment of travel begins in the short stories of the collection Boží muka (Wayside Cross, 1917), in the detective stories of Povídky z jedné kapsy (Tales from One Pocket) and Povídky z druhé kapsy (Tales from the Other Pocket), both from 1929, and continues in the novels Hordubal (Hordubal, 1933) and Obyčejný život (An Ordinary life, 1934), where the theme of travel finally becomes synonymous with writing about individual lives.

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Title:Čapkova próza a drama jako zvláštní druh cestopisného psaní
Translated title:Karel Čapek’s Prose Fiction and Drama as Travel Writing of a Special Kind
Šolićová, Mirna
Uncontrolled Keywords:Čapek, Karel, travel writing
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 9. Section of Humanities and Philology > Institute of Czech Literature > Česká literatura (Czech Literature)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Literature
Page Range:pp. 528-547
Publisher:Insitute of Czech Literature, of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:7194
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:31 Jul 2012 15:41
Last Modified:31 Jul 2012 13:41


Šolićová, Mirna (2011) Čapkova próza a drama jako zvláštní druh cestopisného psaní. Czech Literature, 59 (4). pp. 528-547. ISSN 0009-0468

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