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The electronic version of Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics is available at: www.ceeol.com

1-3/2006

Quarterly
Issued: 30th September 2006
Founded: 1964
ISSN: 0014 –1291
Language: Czech

Josef Šafařík’s Sedm listů Melinovi in Context

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/63/josef-safariks-sedmi-listu-melinovi-in-context

 

The article considers Šafařík’s only book, Sedm listů Melinovi (Seven Letters to Melin) in its context. Josef Šafařík (1907–1992) was a philosopher from Brno, Moravia. When the work came out in 1948, its reception was hampered by the Communist takeover in late February of that year. Unlike other scholarship that has considered this work in relation to the generation of Václav Havel (who admired it greatly), the present article considers it in relation to the Czech aesthetics of the 1930s and 1940s. It compares Šafařík’s views with those of the writer-critic F. X. Šalda (1867–1937) and the novelist-aesthetician-critic Bohumil Markalous (1882–1952), and demonstrates that Šafařík’s Sedm listů Melinovi, rather than being an isolated phenomenon, was part of the intellectual tradition of engaging in debate with the left-wing Avantgarde. The article is followed by two previously unpublished letters from Šafařík to Markalous.
[The article is published in Czech.]