“May your lists exclude my name…”
The lyrical heroine of the poem “Woman in the Pantheon” by writer and literary historian Milada Součková (1898–1983) scornfully views a museum exhibition devoted to her past. She profoundly rejects the story of literature predominantly formulated by men with its distinctly limited place for “women writers”, and also ridicules the fetishization of members of the cultural canon. Součková, who decided to remain in the USA following the communist putsch in February of 1948, was erased from the history of Czech letters for forty years. Yet the timeless quality of her writings, characterized mainly by a subversive treatment of literary schemes and conventions, the deconstruction of genres and numerous references to the cultural arsenal of European culture, has ensured her place in the imaginary “pantheon”.