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Hana Pichova
Professor of Czech Language and Literature; Director of Slavic and European Studies; Director of Undergraduate Studies


Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin, Madison
20th-Century Czech and Russian Prose

Intellectual Biography & Awards

My current scholarly interests encompass Central European literature, literary representations of cultural and sculptural events, and literary historiography.

Recent Publications

Catalogue entry: “Monument. Central – Eastern Europe 1918 – 2018” for The Museum of Sculpture in Królikarnia, Warsaw. December 2018.

“Genarilissimova socha a ‘Zrada zrcadel’” (“The Generalissimo’s Statue and “The Betrayal of Mirrors’”). In Sborník o Bohumilu Hrabalovi. Brno: Host, 2018.

“‘The Magic Flute’ as an Ode to Defenestration: On the Twentieth Anniversary of Bohumil Hrabal’s Death.Slavic and East European Journal Vol. 61, No. 2 (Summer 2017): 331-342.

Žádný člověk (No Man), premiered at The National Theater in Prague, Czech Republic, March 31, 2017. Inspired by The Case of the Missing Statue: A Historical and Literary Study of the Stalin Monument in Prague.

Case of the Missing Statue coverThe Case of the Missing Statue: A Historical and Literary Study of the Stalin Monument in Prague. Prague: Arbor vitae, 2014.


Stalin coverPřípad Stalin: Historická a literární studie Stalinova pomníku v Praz. Translated by Ondřej Prokop. With expanded notes. Prague: Arbor vitae, 2014.


Mystifications of a Nation coverThe Mystifications of a Nation: The Potato Bug and Other Essays on Czech Culture. Translated and Edited with Craig Cravens. University of Wisconsin Press, 2010.


The Art of Memory in Exile coverThe Art of Memory in Exile: Vladimir Nabokov and Milan Kundera. Southern Illinois University Press, 2001.



The Cabinet of Czech Literary Wonder. In progress.

Frequently Taught Courses

  • GSLL 260: From Berlin to Budapest: Literature, Film, and Culture of Central Europe
  • CZCH 280 Closely Watched Trains: Czech Film and Literature
  • CZCH 401-406 Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Czech Language
  • SLAV/PWAD 465 Literature of Atrocity
  • CZCH/CMPL 469 Milan Kundera and World Literature
  • RUSS 473 /CMPL 477 Vladimir Nabokov: Art and Life

Undergraduate and Graduate Advising and Mentoring

  • Jenya Mironava. M.A. (Spring 2013)

Additional Information

For more about Dr. Pichova, see her Curriculum Vitae.