Theory and History of Modern Czech Literature

📃 Doctoral Degree Programmes Regulations at the FA USB


  • The academic degree PhD can be obtained within a structured, on-site or distance Doctoral degree programme.
  • The aim of the degree programme is to raise young researchers in the field of newer Czech literature, i.e. Czech literature of the 19th and 20th centuries including its European and world cultural contexts. The programme focuses on literary-historical methods and develops literary research thinking, which equips the students for their dissertation projects. Each defended Dissertation represents an independent scientific monograph. Graduates are fully qualified for independent and team research carried out at higher education and research institutions.


  • Entrance Examinations Requirement for the Doctoral Programme of History of Newer Czech Literature:

▫️ completed Master's degree in Czech Studies or a related discipline

▫️ a focused research interest in the history of Czech literature in the European context (applicants submit a proposition of their intended Doctoral project and a list of studied literature related to a broader view of their dissertation)

▫️ applicants submit a list of their published works

▫️ applicants must demonstrate active knowledge of at least one world language

📃 Conditions for Admission to Study in AR 2020/2021 (+ Doctoral Programme Application)



With regard to the research projects carried out by the institute, the Institute of Czech Studies offers the following dissertation project research areas for applicants of the Doctoral degree programme History of Newer Czech Literature:

• Czech Unofficial Prose of the 1960s

• Experimental Novel of the 1940s

• Theory of Speech Acts and Interpretation of Literary Texts

• Intentionality of Literary Texts

• Logical Aspects of Literary Space in Prose

• The Nature and Function of Metaphors in Prosaic Works

• Reflection of German Expressionism in the Works of Ludvík Kundera

• Zdeněk Lorenc's Poetic, Prosaic and Translation Works in the Context of Czech Surrealism of the 1940s

• Reception and Forms of Socialist Realism in Czech Journalism, Literary Criticism and Art in the 1930s

• Features of Socialist Realism in Czech Poetry for Children at the Turn of the 40s and 50s.

• Countryside as a Factor in Realistic Fiction (the Transformation of the Rural Concept in Comparison with Romanticism and Biedermeier; the Specifics of Romanticism Techniques in Relation to the Countryside; historical and literary historical reception of given texts)

• Paradoxes and Forms of Historical Realism (Specification of a Realistic Concept in Historical Themes; a Critical Review of the Concept of G. Lukács in the Light of Modern, Especially Foreign Theories of Realism; Historical and Literary History Reception of Given Texts)

• Realistic Elements of Czech Literary Humoresques of the 19th Century.

• Realism in Czech Magazines of 1860-1900

• Realism Imported into Bohemia: Editions and Reception of European Realism in the Years 1850-1900.


  • All projects focusing on Realism in Czech literature of the 19th century shall assume a comparative point of view (e.g. comparing Czech "rural chronicles" with selected literature in another language, etc.).


  • Applicants specify their chosen research area during the admission procedure in their dissertation Project proposal. Applicants can also apply with their own dissertation topic proposal.


  • The Doctoral degree programme includes the following sub-examinations:

▫️ examination in Philosophy

▫️ examination in Literary Theory and Theory of Interpretation

▫️ examination in Literary History

▫️ examination in Methodology of Literary History

▫️ examination in world language I.

▫️ examination in world language II.

▫️ state doctoral examination and dissertation defence

→ Curriculum can be downloaded here (pdf)


Doctoral Studies Board

prof. PaedDr. Vladimír Papoušek, CSc. (Filozofická fakulta JU)



doc. PhDr. Zuzana Augustová, Ph.D. (Ústav pro českou literaturu AV ČR)

prof. PaedDr. Michal Bauer, Ph.D. (Filozofická fakulta JU)

prof. PhDr. Petr A. Bílek, CSc. (Filozofická fakulta JU)

doc. Mgr. Libuše Heczková, Ph.D. (Filozofická fakulta UK)

prof. PhDr. Zdeněk Hrbata, CSc. (Ústav pro českou literaturu AV ČR)

Ing. Pavel Janáček, Ph.D. (Ústav pro českou literaturu AV ČR)

prof. PhDr. Tomáš Kubíček, Ph.D. (Pedagogická fakulta UK, Moravská zemská knihovna)

prof. PhDr. Jiří Pelán, Ph.D. (Filozofická fakulta UK)

prof. Mgr. Ondřej Pilný, Ph.D. (Filozofická fakulta UK)

prof. PhDr. Dalibor Tureček, DSc. (Filozofická fakulta JU)

prof. PhDr. Jiří Stromšík, CSc. (Filozofická fakulta UK)

prof. Dr. Phil. Josef Vojvodík, M.A. (Filozofická fakulta UK)

doc. PhDr. Jan Wiendl, Ph.D. (Filozofická fakulta UK)

prof. PhDr. Peter Zajac, DrSc. (Ústav slovenskej literatúry SAV)

  • Contact

Mgr. Martina Halamová, Ph.D. e-mail

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