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Morávková Alena

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Translation; Theatrologist; Pedagogue (* 1935/7/29 Hradec Králové)

Alena Morávková studied Russian, Ukrainian, French, and theatre studies at the Charles University Faculty of Arts in Prague (1953-1958). She then worked for ten years as an editor at DILI (the Theater and Literary Agency) and at the Institute of Languages and Literature of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. From 1972 to 1989, she worked as a freelancer. She has lectured at the Charles University Faculty of Arts and the Theatre Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU). In 1998, she was named an assistant professor, and in 2009 received a professorship.

She focuses on translating drama, classical and modern Russian prose, and theatrological literature. Her primary areas of study are the translation of drama and translation criticism. Her son Jan is an opera singer.

Oral history of the Czech theatre

This project was launched in 2015 and seeks to capture the memories of important figures in the field of Czech theatre in audio recordings (usually around four hours long) and, in most cases, also in a short video recording (10–20 minutes long). The recordings are followed by a report of the conversation, which offers a summary of discussed topics and personalities, after every 15-20 minutes. Photographs and personal documents (both in digital format), provided by the narrator, are also available.

The Oral History Module provides a list of figures who have recorded their memories, along with a brief profile, current photograph, and the interview protocol. Full recording, including all the additional materials, is supposed to be studied by registered researchers in the Information and Documentation Department of ATI only. Feel free to contact Lucie Čepcová: lucie.cepcova(at) if you are interested.

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