PhD in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures


Programme Description

Graduates are highly qualified specialists in literary and cultural studies focused on English-speaking countries, especially the literature and cultures on the British Isles and in North America. They have a good command of theoretical and methodological approaches, are able to conduct independent research and to teach literary and cultural histories of the United Kingdom, USA, Ireland and other English-speaking countries, and related literary and cultural courses, at tertiary level. They can participate in team research projects and work in international research teams. Czech graduates have a good command of the terminology and style of the discipline in their mother tongue and possess basic knowledge of the reception of Anglophone literature in Czech culture.

Length of study: 4 years

The language of instruction is English. Anglophone Literatures and Cultures is a fee-paying program.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

Entrance examination: one-round examination, interview

  1. Discussion of the project of Ph.D. dissertation: 0–30 points;
  2. Assessment of the Applicant’s previous studies, research, and other academic activities: 0–15 points;
  3. Assessment of the Applicant´s knowledge of secondary literature (based on the list submitted by the Applicant): 0–15 points.

Recommended Dissertation Topics:

  • The Picturesque and Historical Novel
  • Power in British and American Gothic Fiction
  • Imaginary Geographies in British and American Romanticism
  • Narratives and Histories of the Settlement of the American West
  • Globalisation in Contemporary Irish Drama
  • Reflections of the "Celtic Tiger" in Contemporary Irish Fiction
  • The Politics of Northern Irish Theatre, 1900-1969
  • Belfast as a Literary Topos
  • Old English Documentary Prose as A Background to Old English Poetry
  • Topoi in Old English Old Testament Poetry
  • Fabliaux Elements in Middle English Poetry
  • Narrative Theory and the Development of Contemporary Canadian Fiction by Aboriginal Writers
  • Tropes of Immigration, Migration, and Travel in the History of Canadian Literature
  • Edward Thomas, Robert Frost and the Poetry of Modernism
  • Ideology and Nation in 19th century Irish Poetry
  • Translation as Theme in Twentieth-Century Irish/American/British Poetry
  • Yeats and the Celtic Revival
  • Politics on the Restoration Stage
  • Family in the Eighteenth-century Novel
  • Travel Writing and Women
  • History in British Post-war Women's Fiction
  • Theoretical Otherness, Local Color Fiction and Kate Chopin
  • Narrative Space and Thomas Pynchon
  • Literature and Silence

The Subject Area Board allows applicants to suggest research projects according to their personal preferences.

Suggested Ph.D. topics must be consulted beforehand with the Chair of the Subject Area Board. Chair of the Subject Area Board (Programme Director): prof. PhDr. Martin Procházka, CSc., tel.: 221619341, e-mail:

The applicant can only be admitted if he/she obtains a minimum of 30 points in the entrance examination and, at the same time, scores enough points to place among the expected number of students admitted to the respective program or branch of study (refer to the Admissions Procedure Specifications applicable to the individual programs and branches of study); admissions will be granted to all applicants who score the same number of points as the applicant who comes last in the ranking of admissions. Please note that different expected numbers of admissions apply to the full-time and combined forms of study. Applicants cannot be admitted without supplying, no later than on the enrolment day, evidence of their prior education (refer to 5.4 hereof).

Conditions for admission

Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by successful completion of a Master's study program.

Verification method: entrance exam
Confirmation date (of entrance exam) from: 19.06.2019 until: 21.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam) from: 27.06.2019 until: 27.06.2019
Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

The Faculty of Arts at Charles University is currently one of the largest and most important research and educational institutions in the arts and humanities in Central Europe.

The Faculty of Arts at Charles University is currently one of the largest and most important research and educational institutions in the arts and humanities in Central Europe. Read Less