Remarkable Popular Legends of Old Prague as Belles-lettres Cover Image

Ke způsobu literárního ztvárnění „podivuhodných pověstí ze staré Prahy“
Remarkable Popular Legends of Old Prague as Belles-lettres

Author(s): Jana Čeňková
Subject(s): Czech Literature
Published by: Památník národního písemnictví
Keywords: Legend as a folklore genre; literary adaptation; Karel Krejčí; Prague Jewish legend; Golem; authors ranging from Josef Svátek to Petr/Peter Sís; the Faustus (Faust) legend

Summary/Abstract: This article identiies the fundamental features of the subgenre of popular legend and the creation of the first conversion of nineteenth-century Prague legends into belles-lettres, including sippurim, Alois Jirásek (1851–1930), Josef Svátek (1835–1897), and Augustin Sedláček (1843–1926). These fundamental collections of Prague legends return to the magical, fantasy setting as it afected the various peoples living in the country. Of these Prague Jewish texts it then analyses the Golem story in various literary adaptations, in words and pictures, for example, by Václav Cibula (1925–2009), Leo Pavlát (b. 1950), and Petr/Peter Sís (b. 1949). The thought-provoking multi-ethnic mystery of the Prague milieu also appears in the form of Faustus legends, of which the author chooses works by Eduard Petiška (1924–1987) and Alena Ježková (b. 1966) as examples of adaptations for children and young adults.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 48
  • Page Range: 114-124
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Czech