doc. Lucie Doležalová, Ph.D.

work adress:
Institute of Greek and Latin Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
Celetná 20, Praha, 116 42, Czech Republic



degrees obtained:

  • 2005 Ph.D. in Medieval Studies (summa cum laude)
  • 2001 M.A. in Medieval Studies (summa cum laude)
  • 2000 Magister in English Philology and Latin Philology (with distinction)


  • 2001-2005 Ph.D. program in Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
  • 2004 École pratique des Hautes Études, Paris (graduate sandwich semester)
  • 2001-2002 Old Greek, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2000-2001 M.A. program in Medieval Studies, CEU, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1995-2000 English Philology and Latin Philology, Palacký University, Olomouc
  • 1999-2000 Mathematics, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 1998-1999 Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, the U.S.A. (undergraduate sandwich year)

    work experience:

  • 09/2006-06/2008 external teacher at the department of Comparative Literature, Phil. Fac. Prague
  • 01/2006-12/2008 research postdoc at Center for Theoretical Study, Charles University, Prague
  • 09/2007-06/2008 external teacher at the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno

    current position:

  • since 2008 assistant professor at the Institute of Greek and Latin Studies, Philosophical Faculty, Charles University, Prague
  • since 2011 senior researcher at the Centre for Medieval Studies, Academy of Sciences of The Czech republik

    prizes and awards:

  • 2005 CEU Award of Excellence
  • 2001 Tanasa Fund Award – award for the best MA thesis in Medieval Studies at CEU
  • 1996 Prague Summer Writers’ Workshop (first prize in a creative writing contest)

    past scholarship projects:

  • 2009 EEA grant – exchange of experts with Bergen Norway
  • 2007-2009 a three year postdoctoral research grant from Grant Agency of the Czech Republic for project “Remembering One’s Bible: Reception of Summarium Biblie in 13th-15th c.
  • 2007 a one year Visegrad Fund grant, cooperation with Poland and Hungary
  • 2004 École française de Rome – a month research scholarship in Rome
  • 2004 scholarship for Summer School on Food History, IEHA, Tours, France
  • 2003 Medioevo Latino, Certosa del Galluzzo, Italy – a scholarship to cooperate on the MEL
  • 2002-2003 CEU grant for a sandwich semester at the École pratique des hautes études, Paris
  • 2000-2005 Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest (Soros scholarship)
  • 1998-1999 Merrill scholarship for one academic year at the Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • 1997 American Studies, Suffolk University, Boston (scholarship for a summer program)

    current projects:

  • since 2010 three-year post doc research grant from the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic Interpreting and Appropriating Obscurity in Medieval Manuscript Culture: The Case of Versus maligni angeli
  • since 2011 researcher in the project Origins of the Vernacular Mode, ERC-Starting Grant Pavlína Rychterová


  • 2010 Sciex Crus post-doc fellowship (a 6-month research stay in Zurich)
  • 2008 a month research fellowship at the Center for Medieval Studies, Bergen, Norway
  • 2006 MSH Paris – a month research fellowship
  • 2006 American Philosophical Society Benjamin Franklin Fellowship (research in the USA)
  • 2006 Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship (research)
  • 2003 Hill Monastic Manuscript Lib., St. John’s Uni., Collegeville, MN, research fellowship
  • 2002 fellowship in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Medieval Institute at the Notre Dame Univ.
  • 2002 fellowship at the Czech Historical Institute in Rome
  • 2008 Fellowship in the Centre for Medieval Studies in Prague
  • 2009 Member of editorial board Studia mediaevalia Bohemiae (Prague, Centre for Medieval Studies)
  • 2009 Member of editorial board Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures (Johns Hopkins University)
  • 2009 Member of editorial board Ricerche Intermedievali (Alessandria, Edizioni dell’Orso)

    positions in the organisation of research and education:

  • 2009 ESF (pool of reviewers)
  • 2010 S.I.S.M.E.L., Florence

    university courses taught (selected):

  • Introduction to Medieval Latin (winter, summer 2009)
  • Medieval Literature between Centre and Periphery (winter 2009)
  • Medieval Latin Parody (summer 2010)
  • Antiquity versus Middle Ages: The Metamorphoses of a Literary Tradition (2006-2008)
  • The ‘Entertaining’ Literature in the Middle Ages (winter 2006)
  • Medieval Literature from the Czech Lands in European Context (winter 2006)
  • Bible and Retelling (winter 2007)
  • Bible and Literature (summer 2008)
  • Eight Versions of the Creating of the World: Translation and Interpretation (summer 2008)
  • Sacred versus Profane? Bible and Antiquity in the Middle Ages and Today (summer 2008)
  • Medieval Entertaining Literature (winter 2009)
  • Short Story I (summer 2010)
  • Translation Seminar (summer 2010)
  • Basic Medical Latin and Greek Terminology (winter 2007 and summer 2008)
  • The Interplay of the Sacred and the Profane in Medieval Latin Literature (winter 2004)

    invited presentations (selected):

  • “The ‘Matter’of Medieval Texts: The Implications of Manuscript Transmission for Approaching Medieval Literature”. Workshop Interfaces of Medieval Literatures (Les Treilles, March 2012)
  • “Some Words on Textuality: Medieval Manuscript Transmission versus Digital Environment”. CEU, Budapest, together with F. Kiss , (January 2012)
  • “Memorizing the Effects of the Body and Blood of Christ in Late Medieval Bohemia: Textual Strategies Blurring the Boundaries Between Religious Groups.” Conference Situating Religious Controversy: Textual Transmission and Networks of Readership, 1378-1536 (Prague, May 2011)
  • “Juxtaposed Series of Keywords: Popular but Tricky Mnemonic Technique” at a conference Wissenspaläste: Die Räume des Wissens in der Vormoderne (Chemnitz, September 2010)
  • “Des mots cassés et des images blessées: l’art de la mémoire en Europe Centrale à la fin du Moyen Age” (invited speaker at EPHE Paris, Sorbonne, seminar of Prof. Nicole Bériou, together with F. Kiss and R. Wójcik, 2010)
  • “The Charm and Challenge of Textual Enigma in Twelfth-Century Latin Literature” (MAA annual meeting, Yale Univ. USA, section The Aesthetics of Enigma 2010)
  • “The Language of Demons and Angels: Approaching and Interpreting Obscure Latin in the 12th century” (workshop “Interfaces: Vernacular Voices and Latin Narratives, c. 900- c. 1200”, York, UK, 2009)
  • “Devils and Nudes: The Places of Memory in Late Medieval Central Europe” (CMS Bergen, 2009)
  • Versus maligni angeli? Medieval Interpretations of Unique Obscurity (conference The Patterns of Uniqueness: Singularity and Regularity in the Middle Ages, Brno, 2009)
  • “Matouš Beran and the Culture of Memory in Late Medieval Bohemia: A Case Study” (conference The Culture of Memory in East-Central Europe (1000-1600), Poland, 2008)
  • “The Absolute Alterity of the Cult of Saints: The Case of Saint Nobody” at a Hagiotheca conference Identity and Alterity in the Cult of Saints (Split,2008)
  • “The Culture of Memory and Mnemotechnic Literature in 15th Century Central Europe” at a conference Matthias Rex 1458-1490, Hungary at the Dawn of the Renaissance (Budapest 2008)
  • “Man as an Island: Inner Exile in the Middle Ages” at a conference Isolated Islands in Medieval Mind, Culture and Society (Utstein 2008)
  • “The Charm of a List”. Lecture at the Centre for Medieval Studies (Bergen 2008)
  • “The Charm and Difficulty of a Fragment: The Cases of Cena Cypriani and Summarium Biblie” at conference “Along the Oral-Written Continuum: types of texts, relations and their implications” (Bergen 2007)
  • Sicut mel dulce: The ‘Useful Pleasure’ of Medieval Reading. International Medieval Congress in (Leeds, 2006)
  • “Marta heretica vs. Catherina bona catholica: Czech women in the penitentiary (1438-1483)”. Conference on Penitentiary and the peripheries (CEU Budapest, 2004)
  • “Patterns of Praise: The Central European Model Town (13th-15th centuries)” in a session on constructing fame of towns at the International Medieval Congress (Leeds 2003)
  • “Imitating Bible stories of feast and violence: the Cena Cypriani revisited” in a session on imitation at the International Medieval Congress (Leeds 2002)
  • “The Obscurity Challenge: The Case of the Cena Cypriani” in a session “Aged Wine in New Skins: Biblical Stories in New Context” at the IMC, Kalamazoo, MI (2002)
  • “Forgetting to Play? A Case Study” (paper at a graduate student conference “Trivial Pursuits? Games and Game Playing in Antiquity” at the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison 2002)
  • “Cena Cypriani and possibilities outside the genres” guest lecture at Graduierten Kolleg, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (2001)

    workshops organized:

  • 10/2011 “Obscuritas in the Middle Ages (CMS Prague)
  • 08/2009 “Medieval Manuscript Miscellanies: Composition, Authorship, Use” Prague
  • 11/2009 “Conceptualising Medieval Literary Appropriation: Rewriting, Imitation, Allusion and Intertextuality Revisited” Brno, Masaryk University
  • 11/2009 “The Patterns of Uniqueness: Singularity and Regularity in the Middle Ages” Moravian Gallery of Art in Brno
  • 09/2008 “Retelling the Bible” Prague
  • 03/2008 “The Culture of Memory in East-Central Europe” in Ciazen, Poland, co-organiser
  • 11/2007 “The Potential and Limitations of a List” in Prague
  • 09/2007 “Medieval Memories: Case Studies, Definitions, Contexts” in Prague
  • 09/2006 “Memories Medieval and Non-medieval” in Prague


  • Reception and Its Varieties: Reading, Re-Writing and Understanding ‘Cena Cypriani’ in the Middle Ages. Bochumer Altertumswissenschaftliches Colloquium 75. Trier: Wissenschaftliches Verlag, 2007.
    [revised dissertation on medieval reception of an obscure opusculum entitled Cena Cypriani. Includes a list of surviving manuscripts (a number of them unnoticed so far) as well as an editio princeps of a commentary on the text by Herveus Burgidolensis]

    volumes edited (selected):

  • Retelling the Bible: Literary, Historical, and Social Contexts, ed. together with Tomás Visi, Bern: Peter Lang, 2011.
  • The Making of Memory in the Middle Ages. Later Medieval Europe 4. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
  • The Charm of a List: From the Sumerians to Computerised Data Processing. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
  • Strategies of Remembrance: From Pindar to Hölderlin. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

    articles (selected):

  • Fugere artem memorativam? The art of memory in late medieval Bohemia (A Preliminary Survey), Studia mediaevalia Bohemica 2:2 (2010): 221-260.
  • Mémoriser la Bible au bas Moyen Âge? Le Summarium Biblicum aux frontières de l’intelligibilité, Cahiers électroniques d’histoire textuelle du LAMOP 3 (2010): 1-45.
  • The Charm and Difficulty of a Fragment: The Cases of Cena Cypriani and Summarium Biblie in Along the Oral-Written Continuum: Types of Text, Relations and Their Implications, ed. Slavica Ranković with L. Melve and E. Mundal, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy 20 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010), 283-301.
  • The Absolute Alterity in Cult of Saints: Saint Nobody in Identity and Alterity in the Cult of Saints, forthcoming.
  • Sicut mel dulce: The ‘Useful Pleasureʼ of Medieval Reading in: Textual Pleasure in the Middle Ages: A Casebook, ed. Robin Hass Birky and Scott Troyan, forthcoming.
  • Cena maletractati: An Unnoticed Version of Cena Cypriani in Parva pro magnis munera. Études de litérature tardo-antique et médiévale offertes à François Dolbeau par ses élèves, ed. Monique Goullet, Instrumenta patristica et mediaevalia 51 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2009), 195-244.
  • On Mistake and Meaning: Scinderationes fonorum in medieval artes memoriae, mnemonic verses, and manuscripts Language and History 52 (2009): 26-40.
    [reprinted with slight changes in The Making of Memory in the Middle Ages, ed. L. Doležalová, Later Medieval Europe 4 (Leiden: Brill, 2009)]
  • Ad hoc lists of Bernard Itier (1163-1225), librarian of St. Martial de Limoges in The Charm of a List: From the Sumerians to Computerised Data Processing. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, 80-99.
  • The Potential and Limitations of Studying Lists (Introduction) in The Charm of a List: From the Sumerians to Computerised Data Processing. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, 1-8.
  • Tibi silens laus: Silence at the Edge of Language in The Edges of the Medieval World. Ed. Gerhard Jaritz and Juhan Kreem. The Muhu Proceedings 1. CEU Medievalia 11. Budapest: CEU Press, 2009, 136-141.
  • Matouš Beran and the Art of Memory in Late Medieval Bohemia in Culture of Memory in East-Central Europe in the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. Ed. Rafał Wójcik. Prace Biblioteki Uniwersyteckiej 30. Poznań: Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, 2008, 95-103.
  • Nemini vetula placet? In search for positive representation of old woman in Alterskulturen des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit. ed. Elisabeth Vavra, Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit 21. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2008, 175-182.
  • The Thin Borderline between the Same and the Different: Reproducibility of Medieval Manuscripts in Reproducibility – Arts, Science, and Living Nature: 10th Villa Lanna Meeting on «Science, or Else?» Prague, January 11-13, 2008, ed. Amrei Wittwer, Elvan Kut, Vladimir Pliska, and Gerd Folkers, Collegium Helveticum Heft 5 (Zürich: Collegium Helveticum, 2008), 81-87.
  • Biblia quasi in sacculo: Summarium Biblie and other medieval Bible mnemonics Medium Aevum Quotidianum 56: 5-35.
  • Novatianus: O podívaných (a Czech translation of Novatian’s De spectaculis with an introduction and notes) Divadelní revue 16:1 (2005): 91-94.
  • ‘But if you marry me’: reflections of the Hussite movement in the Penitentiary (1438-1483) The Long Arm of Papal Authority, ed. Gerhard Jaritz, Torstein Jørgensen, and Kirsi Salonen. Bergen, Krems, Budapest: CEU Press, 2004, 113-125.
  • Quoddam notabile vel ridiculum: an unnoticed version of Cena Cypriani (Ms. Uppsala, UL C 178) Archivum latinitatis medii aevi (Bulletin Du Cange) 62 (2004), 137-160.
  • Lack of self-praise: a search for laudes urbium in medieval Czech lands Medium Aevum Quotidianum 4/2003.
  • Receptions of obscurity and obscurities of reception: the case of the Cena Cypriani Listy filologické 126 (2003), 187-197.
  • The Cena Cypriani, or A Game of Endless Possibilities in Der Kommentar in Antike und Mittelalter, ed. Wilhelm Geerlings and Christian Schulze. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2002, 119-130.
  • Re-Writing the Bible: Strategies of Intertextuality in the Cena Cypriani The Annual of Medieval Studies at CEU 8 (2002), 181-202.