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Korespondence Bohumily Grögerové a Josefa Hiršala k experimentální poezii
Correspondence of Bohumila Grögerová and Josef Hiršal on Experimental Poetry

A Consideration of the Correspondence of Bohumila Grögerová and Friederike Mayröcker

Author(s): Alice Stašková
Subject(s): Visual Arts, Austrian Literature, Czech Literature, German Literature
Published by: Památník národního písemnictví
Keywords: Bohumila Grögerová;Josef Hiršal;Friederike Mayröcker;Ernst Jandl;experimental literature;concrete poetry;international correspondence

Summary/Abstract: This study examines the large and multi-faceted correspondence carried on by Bohumila Grögerová and Josef Hiršal with German and Austrian authors of experimental poetry. It focuses on the extent to which these letters correspond to the theory and methodology of the work of the authorial partnership. It states that the confrontation with the definitions of experimental poetry by their German colleagues motivated the Prague authors to reflect and formulate starting points for their own work and their own creative methods. In this way they retrospectively provided a theoretical basis for their poetic texts and at the same time partially adapted their own work to the challenges they met in the correspondence. The friendly letters between Bohumila Grögerová and the Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker form a chapter of their own in the context of their correspondence. In this context, the Czech-German poems written by Grögerová depict an imaginary dialogue between two friends and, in the combination of languages, collage and montage, present a unique poetic on the border of documentary, communication and poetic experiment.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 53
  • Page Range: 232-252
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Czech