CASA reflections in Czech society based on the example of relations between Julius Zeyer and Josef Hlávka Cover Image

Reflexe ČAVU v české společnosti na příkladu vztahu Julia Zeyera a Josefa Hlávky
CASA reflections in Czech society based on the example of relations between Julius Zeyer and Josef Hlávka

Author(s): Magdaléna Pokorná
Subject(s): Cultural history, 19th Century
Published by: AV ČR - Akademie věd České republiky - Masarykův ústav
Keywords: Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts; Josef Hlávka; Julius Zeyer

Summary/Abstract: This study is a paper on the first years of operation at the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts. Its creation was conceived as the achievement of a long yearned-for goal – a national academy. However, the institution was created at a time when Czech society was politically and artistically differentiated, so that reflections of its birth, which Josef Hlávka was primarily responsible for, were not straightforward. A very telling and public display of disagreement involved several membership rejections at the very start of its existence. The motivation for those who did not accept membership was various and deserves more general attention. One of these was Julius Zeyer. His relationship to the Czech Academy and to Josef Hlávka has been examined in detail by this study. Julius Zeyer and Josef Hlávka, two outstanding but very different personalities, did not have a rapprochement until the mid-1890s, when Julius Zeyer spent the summer months at the chateau in Lužany owned by Josef Hlávka and his wife Zdeňka. Although Julius Zeyer never became a member of the Czech Academy, rejected it and did not even accept its anniversary award, he nevertheless became its sponsor, as in his will he passed on his copyright rights to the Czech Academy at a time when interest in his works was beginning to grow significantly. By means of its source bases, i.e. correspondence, the study also referred to period conventions, quests for compromise, the methods of communication between the individuals associated with Josef Hlávka and the breadth of their social contacts.

  • Issue Year: 7/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 20-29
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Czech