PhDr. Matthew Sweney, PhD.

Matthew Sweney is a 20+ veteran of the Department of English and American Studies at Palacký University Olomouc where he was the Inter-American Studies Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS) co-ordinator. Recently, he was a researcher on the ERA GENDER-NET Plus project “MASCAGE: Analyzing social constructions of aging masculinities and their cultural representations in contemporary European literature and cinema”, affiliated with Karl-Franzens-Universität, Graz. He translates Czech poetry into English, including works by poets such as Sylva Fischerová, Petr Hruška, Vladimír Metra, Petr Mikeš, Ewald Murrer, Jachym Topol, and Pavel Zajíček.


Academic Writing, American Studies, Irish Studies, Film Studies, Translation

Publications & other Activites

Books (recent, as editor):

  • Ageing Masculinities, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Narratives (ed. Heike Hartung, Rüdiger Kunow, and Matthew Sweney). London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2022. ISBN 978-1-3502-3161-3
  • STRANOU evropští básníci naživo antologie 2013–2017 (ed. Lenka Kuhar Daňhelová, Robert Hýsek, and Matthew Sweney). Beroun: Stranou, z. s. and Literary Translation Atelier, Palacký University Olomouc, 2018. ISBN 978-80-87938-57-7
  • Dryák ředěný Vltavou. Pražská říční antologie. A Giant Barrel of Rotgut. Prague River Anthology. (ed. Sylva Fischerová and Petr A. Bílek; co-translator and English language editor, Matthew Sweney). Prague: Prague Municipal Library, 2016. ISBN 978-80-7532-076-6
  • Bludné kořeny / Wayward Roots. [An Anthology of Contemporary Slavic Poetry]. Olomouc: Palacký University Press, 2014. ISBN 978-80-244-4398-0
  • Prchavé domovy: Mezi vyhnanstvím a vnitřním exilem / Fleeting Homes: Between Banishment and Inner Exile. Olomouc: Palacký University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-80-244-2695-2


  • Básník Sylvester Pollet [The Poet Sylvester Pollet]. Prague: H+H, 2011. ISBN 978-80-7319-103-0
  • Daggers of the Mind. An annotated bibliography of the short prose of Kenneth Fearing. Olomouc: Palacký University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-80-244-1926-8

Book Chapters (recent)

  • “‘Restitution’ and aging masculinities in post-1989 Czech film”, Ageing Masculinities in Contemporary Film: Silver Screens, eds. Tony Tracy and Michaela Schrage-Früh. London: Routledge, 2022 (in press). ISBN 978-1-0323-0228-7
  • “The ‘Vault’ Films,” Hollywood of Eastern Europe: Barrandov Studios: The Hollywood of Eastern Europe, edited by Bernd Herzogenrath. Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP, 2022 (forthcoming)
  • “‘A play with two titles and several authors is a rather unusual event’: Rhapsody in Stephen’s Green by Myles na gCopaleen and Ze života hmyzu by the Brothers Čapek,” Flann O’Brien: Acting Out, eds. Paul Fagan and Dieter Fuchs. Cork: Cork UP, 2022 (forthcoming)
  • “The Man from Planet X,” Edgar G. Ulmer. Essays on the King of the B’s, ed. Bernd Herzogenrath. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2009. ISBN 978-0-7864-3700-9