The Porta Festival, 1967-1969: Tramping and the Forging of a Czechoslovak Wilderness Public Deposited

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  • Kneller, Rosavera
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Russian, Eurasian and East European Concentration
  • This thesis aims to depict and explain the multi-faceted nature of "tramping," the remarkable social movement that has been a persistent influence on the Czech and Slovak cultural landscape and a lasting part of the Czech national imaginary since the interwar period. In order to do so I focus on one particularly significant moment in the history of this movement, namely the Porta festivals of 1967-1969, which encapsulate what I take to the central features of a movement that is not reducible to cold war categories, simple historicizing or a consistent collective narrative. I argue that the historical self-consciousness of the Porta festivals builds on the earlier models rather than simply reemerging, and that it does so through the reenactments and reembodiments of wildernesses and community that are new each time, often in tension, but always fundamentally moving through an imagined wilderness, intentionally lost in time.
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  • Pichova, Hana
  • Bohlman, Andrea
  • Bryant, Chad
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2014
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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