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Matěj Antoš and Petr Hrtánek

This study maps the influence of the Gothic mode in the Czech postmodern prose, especially in the novels published at the turn of the millennium: it primarily concerns books by Václav Vokolek, Miloš Urban and Jan Jandourek. Through analyticalinterpretative probes into these texts are demonstrated the main possibilities of the Gothic mode and consequences of its implementation in the contemporary Czech literature: distortion of the perspective and blurring of the individual identity, instability of the setting, expression of civilizational and existential fears. The study illustrates capturing of the key Gothic themes in the analyzed works of fiction and also the specific transformation and modification of these topics within individual author poetics. Special attention is particularly given to specifics of the setting, often combining typical Gothic topoi, which may be part of seriously intended opposition of the sacral and the profane, or they can also be presented as exposed cliché sceneries.

Gothic Studies
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Amy Bryzgel

had invited Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles for an exhibition of their work at the Museum of Czech Literature, and, coincidentally, at the same time, Knížák had invited Jeff Brener, Serge Oldenbourg and Ben Vautier to take part in a Fluxus concert based on Maciunas’s instructions. Taken together, the events constituted what was perhaps the first Fluxus festival in Eastern Europe. Of all the guests, only Vautier was still an ‘official’ member of Fluxus, the rest having been excommunicated by Maciunas. Nevertheless, the first ‘Koncert Fluxu’ occurred before an

in Performance art in Eastern Europe since 1960