Topography of Prague in the Texts of the “last Prague German writer” Lenka Reinerová Cover Image
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Topografie Prags in den Texten der „letzten Prager deutschen Schriftstellerin“ Lenka Reinerová
Topography of Prague in the Texts of the “last Prague German writer” Lenka Reinerová

Author(s): Markéta Balcarová
Subject(s): Czech Literature, German Literature
Published by: AV ČR - Akademie věd České republiky - Slovanský ústav and Euroslavica
Keywords: topography; city; memories; flâneur;

Summary/Abstract: Lenka Reinerová is considered to be the last Prague German-language author and her commemorative texts are often set in the author´s native city of Prague. The narrators frequently walk through the city as literary flâneurs. In the Reinerová´s texts the Prague topography shows uniform particularities – in addition to the topics of the city boroughs where the author used to live or the places being related to her life the author reveals the history of buildings being related to the Prague German-writing authors and gives attention to the commemorative plaques and memorials dedicated to them. Furthermore, in the books there appears the topos of mythical nature which in connection with Prague is regarded as a basic feature of the phenomenon of so called Prague German literature. The topography of Prague in the Reinerová´s books on the one hand is a stepping stone for the memories of juvenile age, friends, and especially famous persons belonging to German-writing authors, and on the other hand for Reinerová the artistic representation of Prague becomes a medium which provides for the author´s stylization into the position of the so called last Prague German-language author.

  • Issue Year: XXXII/2021
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 31-69
  • Page Count: 39
  • Language: Czech