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For

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my

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final

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paper,

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I'm

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tentatively

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thinking

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of

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exploring

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the

...

concept

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of

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the

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mundane

...

in

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"Jimmy

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Corrigan",

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"Fun

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Home",

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and

...

a

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Czech

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graphic

...

novel

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called

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"Alois

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Nebel."

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The

...

Czechs

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have

...

a

...

word,

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vsĕdnost,

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that

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basically

...

translates

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as

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"everyday-ness;"

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appreciating

...

and

...

reveling

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in

...

the

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small,

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the

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seemingly

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boring,

...

and

...

the

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routine.

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I

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find

...

this

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a

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fascinating

...

and

...

transformative

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concept,

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and

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I

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want

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to

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explore

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how

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Czech

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graphic

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novels

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respond

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and

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react

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to

...

this

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way

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of

...

life

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as

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opposed

...

to

...

American

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graphic

...

novels.

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I

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would

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incorporate

...

a

...

Czech

...

culture

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narrative

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as

...

well,

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to

...

provide

...

some

...

context

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to

...

my

...

paper,

...

and

...

discuss

...

how

...

folktales

...

and

...

one

...

or

...

two

...

other

...

literary

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works

...

(maybe

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"Too

...

Loud

...

a

...

Solitude"

...

and

...

another)

...

embrace

...

vsĕdnost.

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In

...

Jimmy

...

Corrigan,

...

there

...

was

...

an

...

almost

...

obsessive

...

interposition

...

of

...

fantasy

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and

...

reality.

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Czech

...

culture

...

and

...

literature

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is

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both

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similar

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and

...

different.

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The

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objective

...

is

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to

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allow

...

oneself

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to

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not

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be

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subsumed

...

by

...

the

...

banality

...

of

...

everyday

...

life

...

and

...

appreciating

...

every

...

action

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as

...

meaningful,

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whether

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it

...

is

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good

...

or

...

bad.

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Fantasy

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and

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the

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surreal

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are

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absolutely

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important

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aspects

...

of

...

Czech

...

culture,

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but

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it

...

is

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incorporated

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as

...

part

...

of

...

the

...

everyday-ness.

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            A big obstacle I'm

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already

...

running

...

into

...

is

...

actually

...

getting

...

my

...

hands

...

on

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"Alois

...

Nebel."

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The

...

graphic

...

novel

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is

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in

...

three

...

parts,

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and

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only

...

the

...

first

...

part

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("Bílý

...

Potok,"

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meaning

...

"white

...

stream")

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is

...

translated

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into

...

English.

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I'd

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like

...

to

...

find

...

both,

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so

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I

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can

...

at

...

least

...

use

...

the

...

drawings

...

from

...

the

...

second

...

two

...

parts

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to

...

add

...

to

...

my

...

conceptualization

...

of

...

everyday-ness

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in

...

Czech

...

graphic

...

novels

...

and

...

better

...

contrast

...

it

...

with

...

American

...

graphic

...

novels.

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So

...

far

...

I've

...

requested

...

the

...

entirety

...

of

...

the

...

graphic

...

novel

...

in

...

Czech

...

and

...

the

...

first

...

part

...

of

...

the

...

American

...

translation

...

through

...

IDS,

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but

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only

...

three

...

libraries

...

worldwide

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have

...

it.

...

I

...

think

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that

...

I

...

can

...

get

...

it

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shipped

...

from

...

a

...

store

...

in

...

Prague,

...

but

...

it

...

depends

...

on

...

how

...

long

...

it

...

will

...

take

...

to

...

arrive.

            The second idea I had for a final paper was looking at graffiti in graphic novels and also discussing the concept of graffiti as a graphic narrative itself. Going off of McCloud's assertions that practically any art medium, including stained glass windows and ancient cave drawings, I would extend this to incorporate graffiti art. I wouldn't limit my scope to American phenomenon, as there is quite intricate graffiti art in Berlin and Athens. I would explore why it is so useful and communicative a medium, and try to uncover what different narratives are presented in various types of graffiti.