Karel Piorecký


Since 2005 he has been working at the Institute for Czech Literature of the CAS, where he is involved in collective projects such as History of Czech Literature under the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (1939-1945) or Czech Literary Internet: data, analysis, research. He divides his individual research interests between contemporary poetry and the links between digital and literary culture. After the publication of his monograph Czech Poetry in the Postmodern Situation (2011), in which he examined the poetic work of authors debuting in the 1990s, he shifted his professional interest towards the boundaries of literary and digital culture. In the project Czech Literature and New Media, he explored the transformations of (Czech) literature as a communication system that have occurred after the introduction of digital media into the processes of production and reception of literary texts. Since 2015, he has been leading the project Corpus of Contemporary Poetry (soucasnapoezie.cz), which has resulted in a database that allows to investigate contemporary Czech poetry across media using distant reading methods (the corpus includes poetry published in books as well as poetry published on amateur literary websites). Currently, he is focusing (together with Zuzana Husárová) on the relationship between artificial intelligence and literature - and is also preparing a project aimed at exploring the manifestations of metamodernism in contemporary Czech poetry.

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