Thursday, August 20, 2015
It's super interesting for me to learn about all of this Czech background in literature, film and politics considering the Czech influence in my family. Although I don't actually have any Czech in my blood since my great-grandfather married into the family, I still find it to be a very important part of my life especially since that is the entire origin of my name. My great grandfather's last name was Belinsky in Czechoslovakia and when he came to America he dropped the "-sky". It was especially interesting finding an article about a literary critic, Vissarion Belinsky, while researching for this project. In a very distant way, he could very well be related to my great grandfather. To think that someone possibly related to me could have been a prominent literary figure in Czech during this time is amazing. It'd be truly great if my great-grandfather was still alive and I could've had a first hand account of some of these events. That would've added a whole other level to the classes research and insight.