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TraversingEmbodied Lifeworlds in the Czech Republic$
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Susanna Trnka

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749223

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749223.001.0001

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Footsteps through the City

Footsteps through the City

(p.20) 1 Footsteps through the City

Susanna Trnka

Cornell University Press

This chapter begins by traversing the streets of Prague, following in the footsteps of pilgrims and city dwellers alike as they celebrate the religious holiday of Saint Václav, also known as “Good King Wenceslas.” Going through time, national identity, and state politics, the chapter examines the phenomenological dimensions and symbolic meanings of the urban spaces that humans have walked through for over a millennium. It considers how time adheres to the body, shaping its movement through the spaces of the contemporary. The chapter questions what ways people create and deconstruct history and what the current possibilities of “living in truth” are. It also talks about why Muslim refugees and other “aliens” came to be constituted as undesirable in the Czech Republic today.

Keywords:   Saint Václav, Good King Wenceslas, urban spaces, contemporary, Muslim refugees, aliens, traversing, Prague

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