prof. Ondřej Pilný, Ph.D.

Distinguished Senior Lecturer

Letenska 5, Prague 1

Adjunct Distinguished Senior Lecturer at Anglo-American University, and Professor of English and American Literature and Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at Charles University, Prague. He is the author of two books, The Grotesque in Contemporary Anglophone Drama (2016) and Irony and Identity in Modern Irish Drama (2006) and editor of collections of essays and journal issues on subjects ranging from Anglophone drama and Irish literature to cultural memory and structuralist theory. His translations include plays by J.M. Synge, Brian Friel, Martin McDonagh, Enda Walsh and Mark O’Rowe, and Flann O’Brien’s novel The Third Policeman. He is the Chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures and Vice-President of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies.


Modern and Contemporary Drama and Theatre, Literature and Politics, Irish Studies

Publications & Other Activities

  • Book Chapters (recent)
  • PILNÝ Ondřej. “‘Did You Like How I Made That Turn, Officer?’ Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen and Capital Punishment”. In SCHWALL, Hedwig. Boundaries, Passages, Transitions. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2018. pp. 91-100. 266 p.
  • PILNÝ Ondřej. K překladům irské literatury do češtiny. In KOLINSKÁ, Klára a kol. České recepce „ostatních literatur v angličtině“/Czech Receptions of “Other Literatures in English”. Praha: Metropolitan University Prague Press, 2016. pp. 41-49. 232 p.
  • Journal Articles (recent)
  • PILNÝ Ondřej. „Irské divadlo: od Keltského tygra k WTF“. Svět a divadlo 29.4 (2018): 89-99.
  • PILNÝ Ondřej. „Jak vypadá současné irské drama“. Svět a divadlo 29.3 (2018): 92-99.
  • PILNÝ Ondřej. “Dermot Healy and Memory”. Ilha do Desterro, special issue on Artistic Collaborations, eds. Alinne Balduino Fernandes, Maria Rita Drummond Viana, Miriam Haughton, 71.2 (2018): 173-188.
  • PILNÝ Ondřej. “‘Fun, disturbing and ultimately forgettable’? Notes on the Royal Court Theatre Production of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen”. Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 23.1 (Spring 2017): 121-126.
  • Reviews in Journals (recent)
  • PILNÝ Ondřej. “Dermot Healy, Resourceful Playwright”. Review of Keith Hopper, Neil Murphy, eds. Dermot Healy: The Collected Plays. Victoria, TX: Dalkey Archive Press, 2016. Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies 24.1 (Spring 2018): 219-222.
  • PILNÝ Ondřej. “‘Peasant Literature’ vs. Shaw and Beckett: Irish Drama in Twentieth-Century Poland’. Review of Barry Keane, Irish Drama in Poland. Staging and Reception 1900-2000. Bristol and Chicago: Intellect, 2016. Litteraria Pragensia, 26.52 (2016): 127-131.