Václav Zheng

I am a cultural and micro-historian of early modern east-central Europe, with a focus on the West Slavic world. My prospective dissertation explores the Polish mentality of realizing the Renaissance town Zamość in the 1580s and illuminates how ideal city became a fashion in late sixteenth-century Europe. On the side, I work on Polish Renaissance writers Sebastian Fabian Klonowic and Szymon Szymonowic, as well as Reformation writers Marcin Czechowic and rabbi Jacob of Bełżyce. I am also deeply interested in historical theory, fashion theory, and critical theory in general. I am now preparing an article that provides a tropological understanding of Renaissance historiography and a series of essays that reinterpret historical writing as performance, experience and event. Meanwhile, I am envisioning a potential project on the generational history of early modern Slovaks. In my free time, I read modern West Slavic literature, on authors such as Karel Čapek, Bohumil Hrabal, Jiří Weil, Stefan Żeromski, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Zofia Nałkowska, and Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav.

Main Advisor: Professor Maciejko