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Evening of Feminist Poetry – Whispers of the Moon

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: June 19, 2019, 19:00 – 21:00

Actress Bára Hrzánová will read from 22 poems collected in Šepoty luny (Whispers of the Moon) by the leading Czech feminist Mirek Vodrážka. She will also discuss feminist issues with the poet: Why was neither the Communist regime nor the dissent receptive to feminism? Why are Czech women afraid to build on the political message of Milada Horáková? How does the myth of female beauty make itself felt in the acting profession? Why is violence toward women growing and what dangers does it pose? How many genders are there? 

In the words of the philosopher Miroslav Petříček, Mirek Vodrážka represents a unique voice in Czech thinking: his perspective is always personal but not “subjective” given that it is based on a broad knowledge of specialist literature from many fields (including philosophy, sociology, history and counterculture theory) as well as intensive work with the sources. This is apparent in his book Rozumí české ženy vlastní historii? (Do Czech Women Understand Their Own History?), which via the story of Milada Horáková (and other female victims of the totalitarian regime) reflects on Western and Czech feminism.

Musical accompaniment: Mirek Vodrážka on keyboards and soprano Helena Zaoralová.


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