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Czech Hoaxes – The Green Mountain and Queen’s Court Manuscripts Within Us

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 12, 2020, 17:00 – 19:00

How did it come to pass that among the key symbols in the shaping of modern Czech identity were hoaxes that, what’s more, also represented the Czechs in 19th century Europe? Were contemporary journalists who claimed that the entire Czech National Revival was built on a lie correct? How did Czechs encounter and contend with these hoaxes? And how is that clash instructive today in the 21st century, when eternal national identity is again a political issue and new techniques of manipulating it are being employed?

Czech historical fictions and hoaxes, their role and how to come to terms with them in art and public life will be among the issues discussed by Miroslav Pudlák, writer of the opera Sasíci v Čechách aneb marnost boje proti RKZ (The Saxons in Bohemia, or the Pointlessness of the Struggle Against the Green Mountain Manuscript) and the authors of the monograph Rukopisy královédvorský a zelenohorský v kultuře a umění (The Queen’s Court and Green Mountain Manuscripts in Culture and Art) (Academia 2019).

The event will be moderated by Dalibor Dobiáš from the Institute for Czech Literature of the Czech Academy of Sciences.


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