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Šalda a antiromantismus, zejména maurrasovský
Šalda and anti-Romanticism, particularly Maurrassian

Author(s): Jan Staněk
Subject(s): Czech Literature
Published by: Ústav pro českou literaturu Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: Šalda F. X. Šalda; Maurras Charles; anti-Romanticism

Summary/Abstract: This study presents Šalda’s attitude towards French anti-Romantic thinking, with particular reference to Charles Maurras and his followers, a topic that has hitherto been basically neglected even within the context of discussions over Šalda’s assessment of (neo-)Classicist trends in contemporary literature. French critics of Romanticism are most visible in Šalda’s writing during the years immediately preceding the First World War, though references to the anti-Romantic movement do not disappear during the 1920s and 1930s, when Šalda, like other Czech critics, was expanding his field of activity and repeatedly making statements on the political direction of the new state and the social conditions, in his endeavour to influence them. Ambitions of this kind are also characteristic of French anti-Romanticism, with its typical association of literary and social-political criticism. The study shows that even at the time of his Zápisník (Notebook) the activities of representatives of French traditionalism struck Šalda, despite all his reservations, as an example of the tension between „creator and community“, which could in some ways be inspiring even in local circumstances.

  • Issue Year: 66/2018
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 661-678
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Czech