Radvan Markus

Radvan Markus, PhD

  • e-mail: radvan.markus@ff.cuni.cz
  • office: room 219a (Faculty of Arts, nám. Jana Palacha 2)
  • office hours: by e-mail appointment

Senior lecturer in the Irish language and literature. Author of Carnabhal na Marbh (2023) and Echoes of the Rebellion: The Year 1798 in Twentieth-Century Irish Fiction and Drama (2015) and co-editor of Ireland, Interfaces and Dialogues (2022), Ar an Imeall i Lár an Domhain (2021), Tradition and Modernity (2014), Boundary Crossings (2012), and The Politics of Irish Writing (2010). He has published numerous articles and essays on Czech-Irish relations and various Irish-language authors of the 20th century, including Pádraic Ó Conaire, Flann O’Brien, Micheál Mac Liammóir, Máirtín Ó Cadhain, and Breandán Ó hEithir. Markus’s Czech translation of Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille (2017) received the prestigious Magnesia Litera award, his other translations from Irish include Ó Cadhain’s An Eochair (2021),  short stories of Pádraic Ó Conaire and the novel L’Attaque by Eoghan Ó Tuairisc. He edited Muž, který vybouchl (2016), a selection of short stories by various Irish-language authors, translated by students and graduates of the department. He is a board member of the European Federation of Associations and Centres for Irish Studies (EFACIS), between 2020 and 2023 he served as secretary to the organization. Apart from his academic work, Markus regularly contributes to Irish-language media (Tuairisc.ie, Comhar, Raidió na Gaeltachta) and is also an active musician, performing Irish traditional music in the band Conamara Chaos, which he founded in 2017.

Radvan Markus welcomes thesis proposals in the following areas:

BA: Irish literature and studies, representations of history in literature

MA: Modern Irish literature, Irish studies, representations of history in literature

Selected recent publications available in open access

“A Mirror to Ireland: Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Articles about Scotland.” Litteraria Pragensia 33:65 (2023).

With James Little. “Coercive Confinement and Irish Languages: Ó Cadhain, Behan, Heaney, Okorie.” Rise 5.2 (2022): 19-37.

“Micheál mac Liammóir, the Irish Language, and the Idea of Freedom.” A Stage of Emancipation: Change and Progress at the Dublin Gate Theatre, eds. Marguérite Corporaal and Ruud van den Beuken (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2021).

“The Internationalist Dramaturgy of Hilton Edwards and Micheál mac Liammóir.” With Joan Fitzpatrick Dean. Cultural Convergences: The Dublin Gate Theatre, 1928–1960, eds. Ondřej Pilný, Ruud van den Beuken, Ian R. Walsh (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

“The Irish Language and the Pursuit of Freedom.”  Litteraria Pragensia 30.59 (2020).

“Ireland of the East and Bohemia of the West: Reflections of the Czech Language Revival in the Irish Press at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century.” Hradec Králové Journal of Anglophone Studies 6.2 (2019): 138149

“The Prison of Language: Brian O’Nolan, An Béal Bocht, and Language Determinism.” The Parish Review 4.1 (2018): 29-38.

“The Carnivalesque against Entropy: Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille.” Litteraria Pragensia 28.55 (2018): 56-69.

“John Millington Synge and Pádraic Ó Conaire: Unexpected Fellow Travellers between Romanticism, Realism and Beyond.”  AUC Philologica: Prague Studies in English 1 (2016): 55-68.


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