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Adaptace pověsti o dívčí válce v české humanistické literatuře
Adaptations of the legend of the Maidens’ War in Bohemian humanist literature

Author(s): Lucie Storchová
Subject(s): Czech Literature
Published by: Ústav pro českou literaturu Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: humanism; gender; Amazons; historiography;poetry;

Summary/Abstract: This study follows the ways in which humanist literature dealt with the subject of what was known as the Maidens’ War, i.e. the mythological conflict between women and men before the arrival of Christianity, as referred to in Czech medieval chronicles. The author bases herself on concepts of historical narrativism and asks what role the representation of this was played in humanist stories of Czech history and the irideological elements (e.g. in narratives on the emergence of the monarchical form of government). She also focuses on ideas prevalent at that time on various types offemininity, gender order and its disruption and the concept of the „virago“, i.e. the defeminized virginal individual gifted with male virtues. The author shows how the story of the Maidens’ War was dependent upon strategies of obtaining patronage,primarily at court, as well as on the individual and collective self-presentation of scholars. She deals with the differences between the rendition of this mythological conflict in Latin and in the vernacular languages, where e.g. the comical with a sexual subtext is much more common.

  • Issue Year: 67/2019
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 849-875
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Czech