About the author: Dr. Volková received her PhD from Charles University, Prague. She is currently Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Director of the Czech Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is author of Emotive Signs in Language (Amsterdam, 1987), six books of Czech poetry, and an English book of poetry called The Courage of the Rainbow (New York, 1993).
1997 0-7734-8570-8 This study presents alternative views on major works and authors of Czech and Central European literature in a feminist and non-elitist perspective. It examines the cultural biases expressed in selected major works and the underlying (unconscious) values of their authors. Using a semiotic approach, it gives detailed attention to the hidden emotive meanings of the texts. Themes include authors' attitudes to relationships between women and men, the images of women in both older and contemporary Czech literature, nationalistic biases, issues of responsibility, active versus passive approach to life, new visions added to European culture by Czech authors like J. A. Comenius, K. H. Mácha, B. Nemcová, J. Hasek, K. Capek, O. Brezina, J. Seifert, B. Hrabal, M. Kundera, L. Vaculík and others.