Jindrich Toman

Jindrich Toman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dept of Slavic Languages & Literatures • 3040 Modern LanguagesBuilding • University of Michigan • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275 • (734) 764-5355
ptydepe@umich.edu

MA (Germanic and Slavic Philology), Universität Freiburg (Germany), 1972.
Dr. phil. (Doctor of Philosophy; Germanic and Slavic Philology), Universität Köln (Germany), 1981.

Courses
He works in the area of Slavic and German linguistics. In addition, he has a broad range of research interests, including history of linguistics, Czech literature, and the East European avant-garde. He teaches courses in Slavic linguistics and Czech literature.

Typical Fall courses:
• Arts and Cultures of Central Europe: Slav 225 (co-instructor) [LSA course guide]

Typical Winter courses:
• Modern Czech Literature: Cz 484  [syllabus]  [flier]  [LSA course guide]

Past courses include:
• Fundamentals of Slavic Linguistics: Slav 483 [LSA course guide]
• Research Methods in Slavic Linguistics: Slav 545
• Comparative Slavic Linguistics: Slav 571
• Third-Year Czech: Cz 341-342
• Pre-1780 Czech Literature: Cz 483
• Russian Formalism and Czech Structuralism

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Research
Professor Toman works in the area of Czech and East European modernism. His current research focuses on the culture of the modern Czech book in the 20th century, tracing the spread of modernist culture into the Czech middle-class. Other research interests include Slavic linguistics, history of linguistics, as well as modern Czech literature.

Publications, 1995-2008
Including selected downloadable articles:

Books:

  • Photo/Montage in Print: Czech Interwar Sources. Praha: Kant. (The Modern Czech Book, 3.) (Forthcoming).
  • Kniha v ceském kubismu / Czech Cubism and the Book. Praha: Kant. (The Modern Czech Book, 1.) 206 pages. 2004.
  • The Magic of a Common Language-Mathesius, Jakobson, Trubetzkoy and the Prague Linguistic Circle. Cambridge: MIT Press. 1995.


Edited Books

  • 2004 [With Matthew Witkovsky] Ladislav Sutnar - Jaromír Funke: Photography Sees the Surface, Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications.
  • 2002 Annual Workshop on Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics - The Second Ann Arbor Meeting, 2001. Ed. by Jindrich Toman. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications.
  • 2001 [With Marie Havránková] Bohuslav Havránek/Roman Jakobson: Vzájemná korespondence 1930-1978 [Bohuslav Havránek-Roman Jakobson: Correspondence, 1930-1978].  Prague: Karolinum. [132 pages.]
  • 2000 [editor, with F. Šmejkal and K. Srp] Jindrich Heisler: Z kasemat spánku [From the Strongholds of Sleep]. Praha: Torst. [Edition of J. Heisler's works, 466 pages.]
  • 1997 Annual Workshop on Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics - The College Park Meeting, ed. by Jindrich Toman. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications.

Translated Books

  • 2001 [With Matthew Witkovsky] Vítezslav Nezval, Alphabet. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications.

Articles, 2001-2008

  • "Émigré Traces: John Heartfield in Prague." History of Photography 32, 232-246. 2008.
  • "Mumlání, špatná nemeina a nedostatek poetického citu: Židé v kontextu Ceského nacionalismu, 1830-1850" [Mumbling, Bad German, and a Lack of Poetic Feeling: Jews in the Context of Czech Nationalism].  Slovanství a Ceská kultura 19. století, ed. by Zdenek Hojda et al., Praha: KLP, 352-360. 2006.
  • "Hledání hlasu" [In Search of the Voice]. Židovská rocenka 5767. Praha: Federace židovských obcí v Ceské republice, 164-170. 2006.
  • [With Matthew Witkovsky] "Scratching on the Surface of Czech Photography." In L. Sutnar - J. Funke: Photography Sees the Surface, Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, 33-37. 2004.
  • "Jirí Weil." In Holocaust Novelists, ed. by Efraim Sicher, Detroit: Thomson Gale, pp. 354-358. (Dictionary of Literary Biography, 299.) 2004.
  • "A Project and Its Grandeur: The Prague Linguistic Circle through the Prism of Havránek-Jakobson Letters." In Prager Strukturalismus: Methodologische Grundlagen, ed. by Marek Nekula, Heidelberg: Winter 2003, 195-208.
  • "Velmi zajímavá motanice: Ladislav Sutnar and jeho Amerika" [A Very Interesting Mess: Ladislav Sutnar and His America]. In Ladislav Sutnar: Praha - New York, ed. by Iva Janáková. Prague: UPM & Argo 2003, 303-313.
  • "Vlast, ženy a slast" [Fatherland, Women, and Pleasure]. In Fenomen smrti v ceské kulture 19. stol. [The Phenomenon of Death in Czech Nineteenth-Century Culture], ed. by H. Lorenzová and T. Petrasová, Prague: KLP, 187-193. 2001.
  • "Ertlova diskuze ?eských klitik" [Ertl's Discussion of Czech Clitics]. In Z. Hladká & P. Karlík (eds.), Ceština: Univerzálie a specifika,3. Brno: Masarykova universita, 73-79. 2001.

Talks, 2006-2007

  • Between Public and Private: Notes on Karel Teige's Photomontage Work, 1935-1951. Conference Living in Surrealism, West Dean College, Chichester, UK, May 2007.
  • Photomontage/Dadamontage. Invited talk, Prague Writers' Festival, May 2007.
  • East-East Asymmetries: The Struggle for National Assertion-Through Pictures. Invited talk, University of Lausanne, June 2007.
  • Modernizing Modernity: Notes on Photography in Print. Universität Regensburg. Conference Mitteleuropäisch, national oder modern?, July 6-7, 2007 
  • Jindrich Štyrský: Maska, Oidipus, performance. City Gallery, Prague. Conference on J. Štyrský: Obraz a nev?domí, Sept. 2007.
  • A Politics of Photomontage: Why the Nazis didn't Like Photomontage. Conference Meanings of Modernity in Central Europe, New York, Oct. 2007
  • Czech Avant-Garde Book. Invited talk, New York Public Library, Dec. 2007.
  • Beyond Illustration: The Shape of the Czech Avant-garde Book (American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Nov. 2006)

Other research-related activities

  • Exhibition co-curator. Kniha v ceském kubismu [Czech Cubism and the Book], Prague, National Gallery, March - June, 2004.
  • Exhibition co-curator. Kniha v ceském kubismu [Czech Cubism and the Book], Mezinárodní biennále grafiky, Brno (Czech Republic), June - July, 2004.
  • Exhibition co-curator. Kniha v ceském kubismu [Czech Cubism and the Book], Muzeum umení Olomouc (Czech Republic) February - April, 2005.

 

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