Petra James received her PhD in Comparative Literature and Slavic Studies from Sorbonne University in Paris. She currently serves as the chair of Czech Literature and Language program and director of the Center for Czech Studies at Université Libre de Bruxelles (Free University of Brussels). Her book Bohumil Hrabal: ‘Composer un monde blessant à coups de ciseaux et de gommes arabiques’ (transl. Bohumil Hrabal: ‘Composing a Wounding World With the Help of Scissors and Glue’) was published by Les Classiques Garnier in Paris in 2012. Her main research areas focus on the comparative history of the avant-garde and cultural memory in Central European fiction.