English and American Studies has been a traditional and long-established discipline at the Faculty of Arts with roots dating back to the 1880s. International recognition came in the 1920s in association with the flourishing Prague School of Structuralism. While carrying on the legacy of Prague Structuralism, the Department remains open to contemporary theories, applying them in an interdisciplinary context. Members of the Department pursue a number of different research interests, from Shakespeare studies, Romanticism, contemporary poetics, literary and cultural theory, performance studies, drama and theatre studies, to Irish and Canadian studies.
An international peer-reviewed journal specializing in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of modern literatures, cultures and theories. Two issues with a central theme are published annually; the number of pages ranges from 90 to 150. The journal is listed under category B of the ERIH database, and in the database of peer-reviewed journals of the Research and Development Council, an advisory body to the Government of the Czech Republic.
An international edition series for publishing monographs on contemporary poetics, literary theories, and literature and cultural studies. Four titles are published annually on average. More than 40 volumes have come out by 2015. The series also features the international literature and art review VLAK.
The Department research project has supported the publication of the complete works of William Shakespeare in Martin Hilský’s translation (William Shakespeare, Dílo, Prague: Academia Publishers, 2011), awarded the Order of Merit of the Czech Republic. The academic staff have published books and book chapters in important international academic presses including Oxford University Press, Blackwood Publishing, John Wiley, Methuen, Northwestern University Press, Rowman and Littlefield, Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht and Wilhelm Fink.
Cooperation with international partners is an integral part of the Department’s efforts, involving joint research and publishing projects, as well as visiting lecturers and exchange fellowships. The Department is proud to participate in the first international humanities doctoral programme with Czech participation, entitled Text and Event in Early Modern Europe. The Department is participating in international projects focused on the coordination of study programmes in the humanities and funded by the European Commission and the Visegrád Fund. The Department is a member in the international network of PhD programmes HERMES, organizing seminars and summer schools in comparative literature and cultural studies for academics and PhD students from 10 European and U.S. universities.
In the Erasmus IP Programme Staging Early Modern Europe (2012-14) coordinated by the Department, 8 European Universities (Porto, Murcia, Utrecht, Montpellier, Ferrara, Prague, Berlin and Krakow) cooperate not only in graduate teaching but also in academic publication (special issues of the academic journal Litteraria Pragensia).
In the past, the Department co-coordinated two important European Thematic Network Projects (ETNP), ACUME and ACUME 2 – Interfacing the Sciences and the Humanities. Department members also worked in the EU project TUNING, focused on the coordination of study programmes in the humanities.
International Partners: International Shakespeare Association, European Association for the Study of English, International Byron Society, Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Englische Romantik, European Association of American Studies, Utopian Studies Society, International Association of Literature and Philosophy, International Federation for Theatre Research, German Society for Contemporary Drama in English, International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, European Federation of Centres and Associations of Irish Studies, Irish Society for Theatre Research, International James Joyce Foundation, as well as 25 universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.
Local Partners: Czech Association for the Study of English, Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies, Czech Association for Canadian Studies, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Palacký University in Olomouc, Masaryk University in Brno, University of West Bohemia in Plzeň, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Metropolitan University Prague, J. W. Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic.
- Annual Conference of the International Society for Utopian Studies (2014)
- 2nd Annual Conference of the Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Programme TEEME (2013)
- 22nd International Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (2013)
- 9th World Shakespeare Congress (July 2011)
- International James Joyce Symposium (2010)
- Prague School and Theories of Structure conference (2007)
- International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures conference (2005)
- European Association for American Studies conference (2004)
We have received a wide variety of guest lecturers including Wolfgang Iser, J. Hillis Miller, Sacvan Bercovitch, Derek Attridge, Robert J.C. Young, Carlo Ginzburg, Roy Foster, Luke Gibbons, Jerome McGann, Christoph Bode, Aleks Sierz, Murray Pittock, Christopher Innes, Bonnie Kime Scott, Christina Ljungberg, Elisabeth Archibald, Edna Longley, Joep Leerssen, Margaret Kelleher, Patricia Coughlan, Claire Connolly, Michael Cronin, Keith Hopper, David Cowart, Margery Palmer McCulloch, Hugh J. Silverman, Matthew Roudané, Declan Kiberd.