Mathesius Award

The Vilém Mathesius Awards for the best MA and BA theses are awarded every year by the Vilém Mathesius Foundation for the Promotion of English and American Studies in Prague (Nadační fond Viléma Mathesia pro rozvoj anglo-amerických studií v Praze).

The Foundation was established in 1992 when the Department of English and American Studies received a gift from its then students. This foundation (IČO 45251789, address: nám.Jana Palacha 2, Prague 1) was named after the founder of English studies in Czechoslovakia and the first professor of this subject at Charles University, Vilém Mathesius (1882-1945). The purpose of the foundation is to finance activities contributing to the development of English and American studies which cannot financially supported by the university.

Such activities include the annual Vilém Mathesius awards for the best BA and MA theses. The awards for MA theses consist in a diploma and a cash prize. The authors of the best BA theses are presented with a diploma and with a material reward (book) according to the financial possibilities of the foundation.

The Vilém Mathesius Foundation is delighted to announce that on 22 December 2015, it became the recipient of a generous donation by Professor Martin Hilský, intended primarily for the acknowledgment of the best doctoral dissertations completed at the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures and the Department of the English Language and ELT Methodology.

The donor perceives his donation as a form of paying back the debt owed to the students of English and American Studies, whose magnanimous donation of funds to the Department of English and American studies after November 1989 facilitated the establishment of The Vilém Mathesius Foundation itself. In the words of Professor Hilský, the donation represents “a very modest attempt at a contribution to the continuity of good will and to the invisible network of good which, he is convinced, exists.”

List of the award-winning theses in Anglophone literatures

2019

PhD dissertations – Martin Hilský Award: not awarded

MA theses:

1st (shared):

2nd: not awarded

BA theses:

James Ragan Prize: Štěpán Krejčí

2018

PhD dissertations – Martin Hilský Award

MA theses

BA theses

James Ragan Prize: Kristýna Greňová

2017

PhD dissertations – Martin Hilský Award

MA theses

BA theses

James Ragan Prize: Anna Ohlídalová

Photos from the awards ceremony

2016

MA theses

BA theses

James Ragan Prize: Aren Ock

2015

MA theses

BA theses

James Ragan Prize: Anastasija Siljanoska

2014

MA theses

BA theses

2013

MA theses

BA theses

2012

MA theses

BA theses

2011

MA theses

BA theses

2010

MA theses

BA theses

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

  • Irina Ivanova: Play-within-Play in Selected Jacobean and Caroline Tragedies
  • Hana Pavelková: Dramatizing the Medium: Samuel Beckett’s Work for Radio, Theatre, Film and Television
  • Ester Žantovská: Samuel Beckett’s and Harold Pinter’s Dramas of Memory
  • Blanka Maderová: An Melville vs. Emerson: Identity and Performance in Melville’s Confidence-Man
  • Hana Ondráčková: Radiant Literature – Thomas Pynchon: Gravity’s Rainbow

2004

  • Halka Varhaníková: Towards India: Representations of India in Contemporary British Fiction
  • Miroslava Kopicová: The Frames of Meaning: The Poetry in A.S. Byatt’s Possession
  • Dagmar Junková: An Ambiguous Triumph: Evolving Stereotypes of Local Color Fiction in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening
  • Anna Nováková: Rhetorical Analysis of the Sermons of Jonathan Edwards

2003

  • Tomáš Neřold: Cooper’s “Histories”: The Explanation of Historical Change in The Spy and The Pioneers

2002

  • Klára Lukavská: Towards the Interpretation and Genre Characteristics of The Hobbit
  • Marek Antonín: Private Experience and National Identity in the Poetry of Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg and Robert Pinsky
  • Petra Šubrtová: Towards the Poetics of Ceremony: A Study in Native American Fiction
  • Jana Mlčochová: Freedom and Subjectivity: The Late Novels of Henry James

2001

  • Mariana Housková: Žena a vlk: Dvě staroanglické elegie
  • Radka Schlosserová: Symbolism of Names in Toni Morrison’s Novels

2000

  • Lucie Formánková: The Mental History of Macbeth
  • Lucie Johnová: Parents-Children Relationships in Shakespeare’s Romances
  • Pavlína Eliášová: Who They Are and Where They Are Going: Female Characters in Louise Erdrich
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