Literature Knows No Borders đź—“

Place: Boylston Hall 105, Harvard University
(on Harvard Yard next to the Widener Library)
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Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time: 4 PM – 6 PM

Literature Knows No Borders:

US Poetry in Early Cold War Czechoslovakia

Františka Zezuláková Schormová was born in Prague. She studied English and German at Charles University where she is also currently a Ph.D. student of Anglophone literatures and cultures. She came to US as a Fulbright-Masaryk scholarship holder to work on her thesis entitled “African-American Poets Abroad: Black and Red Allegiances in Early Cold War Czechoslovakia” at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. Her previous research stays include Edinburgh, Berlin, and Oxford. She is interested in Cold War culture and race relations and the various ways literature travels, and she has participated in various projects aimed at bringing US poetry to Czech audience.

Samizdat Networks in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Beyond

Anna Horáková was awarded a PhD in German Studies from Cornell University in 2016. She is currently a Harvard College Fellow in the department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. In 2014-15, she was a research fellow at the Humboldt University Berlin. She is currently working on a monograph on the intersection of aesthetics and politics in self-published East German underground literature (samizdat). She has published on the Czech-German author Jan Faktor in German Life and Letters (2015), and her article on new critical and pedagogical perspectives on Christa Wolf is forthcoming in Christa Wolf: A Companion (De Gruyter). Her wider research and teaching interests include twentieth-century German literature and visual culture, theories of the avantgarde, theories of socialism, postcolonial studies, and visual studies.