Selection from the forthcoming books

selected by the editors

On the way A1+

On the way A1+

Hana Svobodová, Zuzana Muchová et al.

Given the current social situation, it is necessary to support the integration and education of individuals with a different mother tongue. Our aim was to prepare a student-friendly textbook especially for teenagers (students of secondary and higher education).

The textbook Cestou necestou A1+ is the first part of a prepared cycle of three textbooks of Czech as a second/foreign language and is intended mainly for level A1. The structure is based on Czech life, which is why the textbook is divided into units according to Czech regions. In addition to grammar and conversational topics, each lesson contains a sample of lexical units from youth language and a tip for a trip. Each lesson ends with a thematic glossary. The textbook concludes with a grammar overview and a brief introduction to the basics of phonetics.

To be published in 2024.

Narrative Prose from the Life of Youth at the Turning Point

Narrative Prose from the Life of Youth at the Turning Point

Marcela Hrdličková

Narrative prose cocnerning the lives of young people has long been one of the most popular genres of literature for children and young adults. So far, however, it has only rarely come to the attention of literary scholarship.This monograph focuses on the definition of the concept of youth narrative prose and on the development of the genre during a breakthrough period. The author covers the changes to the genre in the Czech literary scene from 1989 to the end of the first decade of the 21st century. In doing so, she examines the developmental tendencies of books for adolescent girls and boys, as well as the phenomenon of young adult fiction, which is beginning to increasingly influence the domestic book market.

To be published in Spring 2024.

King of the Monsters! Films with Godzilla in 1954–1965

King of the Monsters! Films with Godzilla in 1954–1965

Dan Krátký

This book enters an established area in film studies with a formal analysis of the first six Godzilla films produced by Toho Studios in the years 1954–1965. Through the analytical tools of poetics of fiction, this book uncovers how the kaiju series stayed attractive for its viewers throughout the examined years. The main argument lies in a dialectical relationship between narrative and stylistic continuity and discontinuity. Certain aspects of the series stayed in place, others would undergo transformations and variations. The main appeal did not come simply from the fist-fighting monsters but cultural assimilation of popular genres, foreign influences, topics and narrative patterns.

To be published in 2024.

Limits to Darwinism

Limits to Darwinism

Jiří Vácha

Darwinism claims to be a complete theory of biological life, including human life. It has a significant effect on the self-concept of contemporary humans and their worldviews. In his unique book, Professor Emeritus of Masaryk University, physician and philosopher Jiří Vácha summarizes the current scientific critique of Darwinism and also expands the whole problem by the notion of "consciousness" as the most specific feature of live beings. In addition to the evolving physical aspect of organisms, their experiential aspect has evolved too, and Darwinism does not take that sufficiently into account. Modern natural science, following in the footsteps of Descartes' mechanism, has a priori closed the door to this fundamental problem and has had to make way for philosophy and its interpretation. Despite its broad scientific scope, the book is surprisingly readable, the author explains complex things in clear and simple language.

To be published in March 2024.

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