Mgr. Marek Mikeš, Ph.D.
I got my Japanese Studies degree at Charles University in Prague where I'm currently continuing with my doctoral studies.
In my doctoral studies I specialize in early-modern Japanese literature, which is my primary academic interest. At the moment I am focusing mostly on Edo period popular literature which I see as one of the products of the rich contempoprary consumer culture.
I am working on my dissertation thesis dealing with paraphrases of classical Heian prose in Edo period popular literature with the main focus on one of the best-selling author of the time, Ryutei Tanehiko, and his well-acclaimed reworking of the renowned Tale of Genji.
In the past I have also studied other authors of popular literature of the Tokugawa period such as Shikitei Sanba or Santo Kyoden.
In general, I am fascinated in the transformations of popular Japanese tales and stories through the ages, that can tell us a lot about the changes of the society as well.
Besides literature, I am also interested in Japanese popular and entertainment culture in general, whose roots i see in the Edo period that I study. Although most of my research concentrates on the early-modern culture, I am, as well, interested in wholly modern topics, such as Japanese digital games.
I teach mainly practical language courses of Japanese for students not enrolled in the Japanese language and culture curriculum and I am also in charge of classes of reading Japanese texts. Some of the results of my research of literature and entertainment culture are presented in the course History of Entertainment in Japan where I deal with the evolution of pastimes of the Japanese from games described in the eldest Japanese chronicles to the newest entertainment trends of today's society.