100 Years of Prague in the American Imagination | Lecture & Discussion

When: 08.02.2018 - 17:30
Where:  Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana
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Main image Prague in Philip Roth's book "Prague Orgy"

For nearly 200 years, Prague has been one of the most important icons in the American literary imagination. How is it all connected to U.S.-Czech relations today? Dr. Simone Kraus will focus on the literary images of Prague in selected works of fiction and nonfiction.

The list of prominent visitors and writers includes Washington Irving, Booker T. Washington, Marcia Davenport, F.O. Matthiessen, and Patricia Hampl. Philip Roth and Cynthia Ozick, two luminaries of Contemporary American Literature, continued to write in this long tradition. The creative ways of embracing Prague made it possible to create characters and situations that are utterly extraordinary.

The program will be in English.

Dr. Simone Kraus is a translator and university lecturer. She earned her doctoral degree in American Studies from the Translation School of Mainz University. She was born in Germany; her family originally came from former Czechoslovakia. In 2017, the prestigious Bread Loaf Writers' Conference of Middlebury College accepted her as a manuscript contributor for creative nonfiction in the workshop led by Luis Alberto Urrea. She is currently living and working in Pilsen.