Po smyslu Máchova Kata

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Title:Po smyslu Máchova Kata
Charypar, Michal
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Literature, 58, 3, pp. 277-293
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mácha, Karel Hynek, Kat, interpretation


This article provides the first comprehensive interpretation of the surviving texts and fragments of Kat, the unfinished series of stories by Karel Hynek Mácha (1810–1836). It combines known textological facts with an interpretation of semiotic aspects of the individual texts. It thus brings up to date our knowledge of Mácha’s conception of Czech history. Apart from purely Romantic themes and motifs, which link all parts of the series (and not just its first, Křivoklad – the only one to be published) with his later works (particularly Máj and Cikány), these texts also contain Mácha’s criticism of the policies of Wenceslas IV, King of Bohemia (d. 1419), which led to the Hussite movement and then, in consequence, the end of Czech sovereignty, a state of affairs that lasted to Mácha’s days. This unified interpretation of the Kat series also presents strong arguments supporting Mácha’s authorship of its unpublished fragments and outlines, which had previously been questioned (particularly by Oldřich Králík).

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Title:Po smyslu Máchova Kata
Translated title:On the Meaning of Mácha’s Kat
Charypar, Michal
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mácha, Karel Hynek, Kat, interpretation
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. 277-293
Publisher:Insitute of Czech Literature, of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:7414
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:21 Sep 2012 19:54
Last Modified:21 Sep 2012 17:54


Charypar, Michal (2010) Po smyslu Máchova Kata. Czech Literature, 58 (3). pp. 277-293. ISSN 0009-0468

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