History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe: Types and stereotypes

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Marcel Cornis-Pope, John Neubauer
John Benjamins Publishing, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 714 pages
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"Types and stereotypes" is the fourth and last volume of a path-breaking multinational literary history that incorporates innovative features relevant to the writing of literary history in general. Instead of offering a traditional chronological narrative of the period 1800-1989, the "History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe" approaches the region s literatures from five complementary angles, focusing on literature s participation in and reaction to key political events, literary periods and genres, the literatures of cities and sub-regions, literary institutions, and figures of representation. The main objective of the project is to challenge the self-enclosure of national literatures in traditional literary histories, to contextualize them in a regional perspective, and to recover individual works, writers, and minority literatures that national histories have marginalized or ignored. "Types and stereotypes" brings together articles that rethink the figures of National Poets, figurations of the Family, Women, Outlaws, and Others, as well as figures of Trauma and Mediation. As in the previous three volumes, the historical and imaginary figures discussed here constantly change and readjust to new political and social conditions. An Epilogue complements the basic history, focusing on the contradictory transformations of East-Central European literary cultures after 1989. This volume will be of interest to the region s literary historians, to students and teachers of comparative literature, to cultural historians, and to the general public interested in exploring the literatures of a rich and resourceful cultural region."
  

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Contents

General introduction
1
Introduction
11
Adam Mickiewicz as a Polish National Icon
19
SelfFashioning Consecration Dismantling
40
Mácha the Czech National Poet
56
The Foundational Truth of a Dual Lyre
86
A Conquest of the Slovene Parnassus
97
The Icon of the Poet with the Icon
110
How did the Golems and Robots enter stage and screen and leave Prague?
308
Vámbéry Stoker and Dracula
321
Lasting legacies
333
Czech feminist antisemitism
344
Figuring the other in Nineteenthcentury Czech literature
367
Killing with metaphors
378
Love magic and life
391
The alienated and uprooted Tlushim
402

Hristo Botev and the Necessity of National Icons
117
Bialik Poet of the People
128
Introduction
133
Family trauma and domestic violence in twentiethcentury Estonian literature
140
In search of the mothers voice
154
Daughter figures in Latvian womens autobiographical writing of the 1990s
167
Figuring the motherland and staging the party father in Bulgarian literature
176
Gendering the body of the Lithuanian nation in Maironiss poetry
183
František Palacký the father figure of Czech historiography and nation building
193
Miloš Crnjanskis homecoming to a migrating national family
211
Introduction
221
Women at the foundation of Romanian literary culture
229
Constructing a woman author within the literary canon
241
Gender and war in South Slavic literatures
253
Womens memory and an alternative Kosovo myth
261
Womens corpuses corpses or cultural bodies
271
Berta BojetuBoetas feminist dystopias
281
Introduction
289
How did the Golem get to Prague?
296
The rural outlaws of EastCentral Europe
407
Juraj Jánošík
441
Shifting images of the Bulgarian haiduti
457
Introduction
461
Remembrances of the past and the present
463
Goli Otok literature
478
Traumas of World War II
484
Performing identity
504
Introduction
515
Joseph Eötvös
521
On the ethnic border
527
Two regionalists of the Interwar Period
539
Journeys to the other half of the continent
549
EastCentral European literature after 1989
561
Note on Documentation and Translation
631
Index
695
List of Contributors to Volume 4
707
Errata for Volumes 13
709
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About the author (2010)

Cornis-Pope is Professor and Chair of the English Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

John Neubauer" is professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of "inter alia" of "The Fin-de-Siecle Culture of Adolescence; The Emancipation of Music from Language; Symbolismus und symbolische Logik"; and "Bifocal Vision".