The Moravian Journal of Literature and Film is an international scholarly journal whose objective is to be a platform for an intersection of literary and film history, criticism, and theory. The journal examines literatures and films in any language, thus merging both regional and universal themes. The journal is published in English, is peer-reviewed, and has two issues a year.

Marcel Arbeit, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Managing Editor
Roman Trušník, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic

Associate Editor
Markéta Janebová, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Editorial Board
Jan Nordby Gretlund, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Constante González Groba, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Jakub Guziur, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Nigel Hatton, University of California, Merced, USA
Bernd Herzogenrath, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Heinz Ickstadt, Free University of Berlin, Germany
M. Thomas Inge, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA, USA
Josef Jařab, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Stanislav Kolář, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Bohuslav Mánek, University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Tomáš Pospíšil, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Gérald Préher, Lille Catholic University, France
Martin Procházka, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Erik S. Roraback, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Werner Sollors, Harvard University, USA

Palacký University, Olomouc
Křížkovského 8
771 47 Olomouc
Czech Republic

ISSN 1803-7720
Reg. no. MK ČR E18802
(c) 2009–2019 Palacký University, Olomouc

Vol. 10, Nos. 1–2 (2019)


Affectionate Accuracy? Willa Cather’s Representations of Bohemian Immigrants
Kristýna Brázdilová and Michal Peprník

Toxic Femininity and Tomboyish Agency: Reshaping Southern Nostagia in Sharp Objects
Veronika Klusáková

The Virtuous Spy: From Major André to Captain Thorne
Tomáš Kačer

What Lies Beneath: Sam Shepard’s Buried Child
Sultan Komut Bakinç

The Other Secrets: Narrative Riddles in Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans
Zuzana Dostálová

Book Reviews

Italian Music in Dakota: The Function of European Musical Theater in U.S. Culture, by Andrea Mariani
(reviewed by Francesca Battaglia)

Scandinavian Crime Fiction, by Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
(reviewed by Šárka Dvořáková)

The Fetish: Literature, Cinema, Visual Art, by Massimo Fusillo
(reviewed by Felix Purat)

Popular Modernism and Its Legacies: From Pop Literature to Video Games, edited by Scott Ortolano
(reviewed by Tomáš Roztočil)

Vol. 9, Nos. 1–2 (2018)


“Secret Female Jokes”: Self-Conscious Paranoia and the Female Postmodern Condition in Diane Johnson’s The Shadow Knows
Tereza Walsbergerová

The Death of Joan Vollmer and Decoding William S. Burroughs’s Work
Antonín Zita

The Creative Power of the Woman Artist in Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark
Elena Canido Muiño

Steampunk Musical Elements in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes Films
Francesca Battaglia


“Cinema is the biggest toy on Earth”: An Interview with Martin Villeneuve at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, July 4, 2012
Marcel Arbeit

Book Reviews

The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History, by Emma L. E. Rees
(reviewed by Dorota Bachratá)

Documenting the Undocumented: Latino/a Narratives and Social Justice in the Era of Operation Gatekeeper, by Marta Caminero-Santangelo
(reviewed by Niels Hexspoor)

Fathers, Warriors, and Vigilantes: Post-Heroism and the US Cultural Imaginary in the Twenty-First Century, by Ahu Tanrisever
(reviewed by Martin Šemelák)

Vol. 8, Nos. 1–2 (2017)


The Promise of Rain: Representation of Place in Louis Owens’s Nightland
Hana Sobotková

JFK and Jed Bartlet: Catholic Archetypes, Catholic Stereotypes, Catholic Fictions
John Andreas Fuchs

Sociological Storytelling in Film and Literature
Vincent N. Parrillo

Beyond Individual Space: The Symbolic Place of Indian Women in the Land of Diaspora in Anita Rau Badami’s Tell It to the Trees
Sofia Cavalcanti

The University as the Universe in Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding
Petr Anténe

Tearing the Reins of Language with Poetry
Pavel Gončarov


“We are in a dynamic of survival”: A Talk with Denis Côté on Québec Cinema\\at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, July 6, 2017
Marcel Arbeit


A Horror and a Beauty: The World of Peter Ackroyd’s London Novels, by Petr Chalupský
Michal Peprník

Vol. 7, Nos. 1–2 (2016)


The Specters of the Unspoken Past: Trauma in Graham Swift’s Wish You Were Here
Petr Chalupský

The American Dream in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Evan Oxman

Racism and Fascism in Roger Corman’s Film Adaptation of Charles Beaumont’s The Intruder
Constante González Groba

Consonant but Dissonant to the (S)core: The Neo-Victorian “Afterings” of Sherlock Holmes’s Violin and Issues of Genre in the Sherlock Holmes Films by Guy Ritchie
Francesca Battaglia

Paul Valéry, Chuck Miller: An Imaginary Encounter, or, Two Ways of Looking at Poetry
Vincent Dussol

Historical Interview

“A pimple on the nose of history”: An Interview with Arthur Miller at the World Congress of the International PEN Club, Prague, November 7, 1994
Josef Jařab


Writing on the Edge: Paratexts in Narrative Cinema, by Johannes Mahlknecht
(reviewed by Barbara Szot)

Spoiler Alert! Mind-Tricking Narratives in Contemporary Hollywood Film, by Cornelia Klecker
(reviewed by Elizabeth Woock)

Re-Imagining Nature’s Nation: Native American and Native Hawaiian Literature, Environment, and Empireby Claudia Deetjen
(reviewed by Hana Sobotková)

Where is History Today? New Ways of Representing the Pastby Marcel Arbeit and Ian Christie
(reviewed by Erik S. Roraback)

Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 2015)


Blessed Family History: Inventing the Past in Louis Owens’s “Blessed Sunshine”>
Hana Sobotková

Mary Lambert’s Film Adaptation of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening: Edna Pontellier as an Aphrodite/Venus Figure in Grand Isle
Tara Hembrough

Negotiating the Quandaries of Post-9/11 Pakistani American Identity in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced
Diana Benea

Bartleby as the Self-Portrait of a Philosopher: The Case of Gilles Deleuze
Tereza Stejskalová

Historical Interview

“It’s dangerous for poets to become dictators”: A Talk with Czesław Miłosz at Palacký University, Olomouc, June 2, 1993
Josef Jařab


The South from Elsewhere, edited by Marcel Arbeit
(reviewed by Brad Vice)

The Representation of War in Nineteenth-Century American Novels, by Jozef Pecina
(reviewed by Gabriela Planková)

Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring 2015)


Ascension of the Pop Icon: The Creativity of Kitsch (Not Only) in a Music Video by Lana Del Rey
Tomáš Jirsa

Leonard Cohen, the Priest of a Catacomb Religion
Jiří Měsíc

“A Shameless Assimilationist” in a State of Evolution: The Issue of Assimilation and Cultural Identity in Richard Rodriguez’s Autobiographical Texts
Elżbieta Rokosz-Piejko

Transatlantic Voyages and Quests to the West in the Anglo-American Campus Novel of the 1960s: Malcolm Bradbury’s Stepping Westward and Bernard Malamud’s A New Life
Petr Anténe

The Women of Hawthorne’s and Kubrick’s Dreams: A Gendered Critique of “Young Goodman Brown” and Eyes Wide Shut
Saladin Ambar


The Southern Mystique: Food, Gender and Houses in Southern Fiction and Films, by Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis
(reviewed by Nikol Šustrová)

Visual Representations of Native Americans: Transnational Contexts and Perspectives, edited by Karsten Fitz
(reviewed by Veronika Briatková and Veronika Rychlá)

Vol. 5, No. 2 (Fall 2014)


Travels into History: Ernest J. Gaines’s African-American Odyssey in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Gérald Préher

The Sneaky Victory of a Genre: The Story of One Czech Western
Petr Bilík

“Becoming Anglicised?” The Increasing Importance of English Characters in the Exile Novels of Arthur Koestler and Robert Neumann
Matthias Weßel

Pound of the Beats: On Allen Ginsberg’s and Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Image of Ezra Pound
Jakub Guziur

The Inhuman in Paris and Mississippi: Mapping the Real Estate of Genre in Barry Hannah’s Yonder Stands Your Orphan
Brad Vice

Historical Interview

“Don’t Believe a Word of It”: A Conversation with William Gass at Viola, Prague, August 1, 1995
Josef Jařab

Book Reviews

Science Fiction: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Sherryl Vint
(reviewed by Juraj Bakoš)

The Health of the Nation, edited by Meldan Tanrisal and Tanfer Emin Tunç
(reviewed by Ivan Čipkár)

Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring 2014)


A Literary Genealogy: Faulkner, García Márquez, and Mo Yan
M. Thomas Inge

Paul Robeson’s Ambiguous Film Legacy
Paul Von Blum

The Cognitive Model of the Vampire and Its Accommodation in the Twentieth Century
Ivan Čipkár

Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Identities in Orange Is the New Black
Michaela Weiss

An American Maqama: Interweaving East and West in Ameen Rihani’s The Book of Khalid
Zuzana Tabačková

“English, Female, Tourist”: Coping with Otherness in Janice Galloway’s Foreign Parts
Markéta Gregorová


“Lack of imagination breeds all sorts of ills”: A Conversation with Fred Chappell
Marcel Arbeit


The Edinburgh Companion to James Kelman, edited by Scott Hames
(reviewed by Jan Horáček)

Prague English Studies and the Transformation of Philologies,
edited by Martin Procházka and Ondřej Pilný
(reviewed by Michal Peprník)

Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 2013)


Love and Death in 1950s Suburbia: The Novel and Film Revolutionary Road
Richard A. Voeltz

National and Transnational Identities in Salman Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh
Radek Glabazňa

Ethnic Diaspora through the Kitchen: Foodways in the Postcolonial Feminist Discourse of Gurinder Chadha’s What’s Cooking?
Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis

Consumption and Communion in a Changing South: Food and Feasting in the Fiction of Thomas Wolfe, Eudora Welty, and Three Southern Writers of the Next Generation
Waldemar Zacharasiewicz

American History as a Ragtime Tune: E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime
Josef Jařab


Adaptation Studies: New Challenges, New Directions, edited by Jørgen Bruhn, Anne Gjelsvik, and Eirik Frisvold Hanssen
(reviewed by Elżbieta Rokosz-Piejko)

Narcoepics: A Global Aesthetics of Sobriety, by Hermann Herlinghaus
(reviewed by Markéta Riebová

‘Forever Young’? The Changing Images of America, edited by Philip Coleman and Stephen Matterson
(reviewed by Helena Šváchová)

Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 2013)


James Fenimore Cooper as a Western Author and the 1920 Film Adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans
Michal Peprník

“I Will Pay That Price as a Poet to Speak My Truth”: Feminism, Activism, and the Historical Moment of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls
Christopher Tucker

Playing in the Dark and Dirt: Dorothy Allison’s Bastard out of Carolina and Tomboyism in the American South
Veronika Klusáková

Translation and Therapy: Susan Howatch’s St Benet’s Trilogy
Suzanne Bray

The Sense(s) of Place in British Columbian and Californian Nature Writing
Petr Kopecký

Men of Honor: William Alexander Percy and Ernest Hemingway as Gentlemen Soldiers
Clara Juncker


A Century under the Spirit of Mark Twain, 1910–2010, edited by Ramona Demarcsek, Minodora Barbul, and Ligia Tomoiagă
(reviewed by Dana Straková)

Jewishness as Humanism in Bernard Malamud’s Fiction, by Michaela Náhliková
(reviewed by Alena Smiešková)

Vol. 3, No. 2 (Spring 2012)


P. L. Travers, Walt Disney, and the Making of Mary Poppins
M. Thomas Inge

Barry Hannah: In the Academy but Not of It
Brad Vice

Growing Up Barbadian American: Assimilation, Ethnicity and Identity in Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall
Šárka Bubíková

Tipping the History: Gender Performances and Costumes That Matter in Sarah Waters’s Tipping the Velvet
Michaela Weiss

Pop Music and Politics in Drama: Stewart Parker and Tom Stoppard
Ondřej Pilný

Nostalgia and Condemnation of the Past in Post-Stalinist Czech Novels
Joanna Diane Caytas


E pluribus unum or E pluribus plura? Unity and Diversity in American Culture, edited by Hans-Jürgen Grabbe, David Mauk, and Ole Moen
(reviewed by Gregory Jason Bell)

Reading Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, edited by Velichka D. Ivanova
(reviewed by Josef Jařab)

The Death of the Critic, by Rónán McDonald
(reviewed by Michal Kleprlík)

Vol. 3, No. 1 (Fall 2011)


James Fenimore Cooper as a War Novelist
Jozef Pecina

For a Breath of Air: Scottishness in the Writing of Kathleen Jamie
Pavlína Flajšarová

The Assertion of Body for a Sense of Place in Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams
Jiannan Tang

Lillian Smith, Racial Segregation, Civil Rights and American Democracy
Constante González Groba

“Almost a Western”: The Deep South as the Mythic West in William Gay’s The Long Home
Thomas Ærvold Bjerre


Le Sud au Cinéma: de The Birth of a Nation à Cold Mountain, edited by Marie Liénard-Yeterian and Taïna Tuhkunen (reviewed by Veronika Klusáková)

The California Crucible: Literary Harbingers of Deep Ecology, by Petr Kopecký (reviewed by Randall Roorda)

Vol. 2, No. 2 (Spring 2011)


Reconfiguring Gender Roles in Russian-German Imaginary Families
Patricia Anne Simpson

Bonding and Moving On: Southern Female Companions in Motion (Pictures)
Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis

From Heteroglossia to Worldmaking: Fictions of Robert Burns and Iain (M.) Banks
Martin Procházka

Žižek’s Act and the Literary Example
Tereza Stejskalová

Compliance Versus Defiance: The Characters’ Response to Social Structures in Alasdair Gray’s Lanark and 1982 Janine
Markéta Gregorová


Still in Print: The Southern Novel Today, edited by Jan Nordby Gretlund (reviewed by Michael Madsen)

Reflections of Trauma in Selected Works of Postwar American and British Literature, by Stanislav Kolář, Zuzana Buráková, and Katarína Šandorová (reviewed by Michaela Weiß)

Vol. 2, No. 1 (Fall 2010)


Polk County: Zora Neale Hurston’s Black South and the Quest for a “real Negro theater”
Diana Rosenhagen

Putting the Dynamic Past to Everyday Use in the Fiction of Southern Women Writers
Julia Sattler

Putting the Dynamic Past to Everyday Use in the Fiction of Southern Women Writers
Constante González Groba

Black and White Identity in Today’s Southern Novel
Jan Nordby Gretlund

Memories of Child Abuse in Jim Grimsley’s Dan Crell Trilogy
Roman Trušník

Theater of Identity: The Buddha of Suburbia
Radek Glabazňa

Showing Faith: Catholicism in American TV Series
John Andreas Fuchs


Pursue the Illusion: Problems of Public Poetry in America, by Astrid Franke (reviewed by Jiří Flajšar)

Literary Childhoods: Growing Up in British and American Literature, edited by Šárka Bubíková (reviewed by Ema Jelínková)

Vol. 1, No. 2 (Spring 2010)


Heretical Capital: Walter Benjamin’s Cult Status in Cultural and Theoretical History
Erik S. Roraback

To State the Problem Correctly: Facing the Black Tickets in Jayne Anne Phillips’s Machine Dreams
James Grove

Ideal Carer: The Contemporary Southern White Elite Matron in Peter Taylor’s Short Stories
Beata Zawadka

Peter Ackroyd’s First Light: Not Altogether Barren Ancestry
Martina Vránová

The Myth of King Arthur and its Czech Reception
Jaroslav Peprník

Queering the Family: Kinship, Blood Relations and Marriage in Showtime’s Queer as Folk
Marianne Kongerslev


A Historical Guide to James Fenimore Cooper, edited by Leland S. Person (reviewed by Michal Peprník)

Edgar G. Ulmer: Essays on the King of the B’s, edited by Bernd Herzogenrath (reviewed by Martina Knápková)

The Return of Král Majáles: Prague’s International Literary Renaissance 1990–2010; An Anthology, edited by Louis Armand (reviewed by Matthew Sweney)

Vol. 1, No. 1 (Fall 2009)

Living Cultural Plurality: A Tribute to Josef Jařab
Michal Peprník and Marcel Arbeit

Josef Jařab
Heinz Ickstadt

Josef Jařab: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1966–2009
Marcel Arbeit

Not on Native GroundsNot on Native Grounds
Werner Sollors

Multicultural Optimism or the Potential Joys of Otherness
Šárka Bubíková

Ethnicity and Some Other Aspects of Henry Roth’s Call It Sleep
Stanislav Kolář

Jazz, Poetry, Ethnicity, and Democracy in the Work of Gary Snyder
Petr Kopecký

Breathing out the Words of a Different World: American Indian Authors Writing in English
Alexandra Hubáčková

Frictions in the City: Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing vs. Paul Haggis’ Crash
Tomáš Pospíšil


Time Refigured: Myths, Foundation Texts & Imagined Communities, edited by Martin Procházka and Ondřej Pilný (reviewed by Radek Glabazňa)

Conformism, Non-Conformism and Anti-Conformism in the Culture of the United States, edited by Antonis Balasopoulos, Gesa Mackenthun, and Theodora Tsimpouki (reviewed by Jan Burda)


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