prof. Ondřej Pilný, Ph.D.

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Senior Lecturer in literature and theatre at the Anglo-American University, and Associate Professor of English 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 and Enda Walsh, 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

  • Pilný, Ondřej. The Grotesque in Contemporary Anglophone Drama. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • Pilný, Ondřej. Irony and Identity in Modern Irish Drama. Praha: Litteraria Pragensia, 2006.
  • Wallace, Clare and Ondřej Pilný, eds. Theatre and Politics: Theatre as Cultural Intervention. Thematic issue of Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 1.2 (2014).
  • Power, Gerald, Ondřej Pilný, eds. Ireland and the Czech Lands: Contacts and Comparisons in History and Culture. Bern: Peter Lang, 2014.
  • Pilný, Ondřej, Mirka Horová, eds. ’Tis to Create and in Creating Live. Essays in Honour of Martin Procházka. Praha: Filozofická fakulta UK, 2013.
  • Murphy, Neil, Keith Hopper and Ondřej Pilný, eds. Neglected Irish Fiction. Thematic issue of Litteraria Pragensia 22.44 (2012).
  • Procházka, Martin, Ondřej Pilný, eds. Prague English Studies and the Transformation of Philologies. Praha: Karolinum Press, 2012.
  • Pilný, Ondřej and Louis Armand, eds. Samuel Beckett: Textual Genesis and Reception. Thematic issue of Litteraria Pragensia 17.33 (2007).
  • Pilný, Ondřej, ed. John Millington Synge: Hrdina západu. Dramata a próza. Trans. Daniela Furthnerová, Martin Hilský, Mariana Housková, Miloš Komanec, Ondřej Pilný, Hana Zahradníková. Praha: Fraktály, 2006. [An annotated edition of J.M. Synge’s work.]
  • Pilný, Ondřej and Clare Wallace, eds. Global Ireland: Irish Literatures in the New Millennium. Praha: Litteraria Pragensia, 2005.
  • Procházka, Martin and Ondřej Pilný, eds. Time Refigured: Myths, Foundation Texts and Imagined Communities. Praha: Litterraria Pragensia, 2005.
  • Petr Škrabánek, Night Joyce of a Thousand Tiers: Studies in Finnegans Wake, eds. Ondřej Pilný and Louis Armand, Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2002. 173 pp.