Karolina Světlá

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Karolina Světlá
Portrait of Karolina Světlá by Jan Vilímek
Portrait of Karolina Světlá by Jan Vilímek
BornJohana Rottová
(1830-02-24)24 February 1830
Prague, Austrian Empire
Died7 September 1899(1899-09-07) (aged 69)
Prague, Austria-Hungary
Resting placeOlšany Cemetery
GenreLiterary realism
Literary movementMay school
Notable worksVesnický román
Kříž u potoka
SpousePetr Mužák
PartnerJan Neruda
RelativesSofie Podlipská (sister)


Karolina Světlá (born Johana Rottová) (24 February 1830 in Prague – 7 September 1899 in Prague) was a Czech female author of the 19th century. She was associated with the literary May School. She married Professor Petr Mužák (1821–1892) in 1852, who had taught her music. She also had an affair with Jan Neruda. She introduced Eliška Krásnohorská to literature and feminism. Her first novel Vesnický román (A Village Novel) was published in 1867.[1][2] Her other works include Nemodlenec (1873) and Kříž u potoka (adapted into a film of the same name in 1921).


  1. ^ Celia Hawkesworth (ed.), A History of Central European Women's Writing (Studies in Russian & Eastern European History), Palgrave Macmillan (2001), ISBN 0-333-77809-X
  2. ^ Francisca de Haan; Krasimira Daskalova; Anna Loutfi (2006). A Biographical Dictionary of Women's Movements And Feminisms. Central EuropeanUniversity Press. ISBN 963-7326-39-1.

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