History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe

Junctures and disjunctures in the 19th and 20th centuries

Volume I

Marcel Cornis-Pope | Virginia Commonwealth University
John Neubauer | University of Amsterdam
ISBN 9789027234520 (Eur) | EUR 198.00
ISBN 9781588114938 (USA) | USD 297.00
ISBN 9789027295538 | EUR 198.00 | USD 297.00
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National literary histories based on internally homogeneous native traditions have significantly contributed to the construction of national identities, especially in multicultural East-Central Europe, the region between the German and Russian hegemonic cultural powers stretching from the Baltic states to the Balkans. History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe, which covers the last two hundred years, reconceptualizes these literary traditions by de-emphasizing the national myths and by highlighting analogies and points of contact, as well as hybrid and marginal phenomena that traditional national histories have ignored or deliberately suppressed. The four volumes of the History configure the literatures from five angles: (1) key political events, (2) literary periods and genres, (3) cities and regions, (4) literary institutions, and (5) real and imaginary figures. The first volume, which includes the first two of these dimensions, is a collaborative effort of more than fifty contributors from Eastern and Western Europe, the US, and Canada.The four volumes of the History comprise the first volume in the new subseries on Literary Cultures.

This volume is part of a book set which can be ordered at a special discount: https://www.benjamins.com/series/chlel/chlel.special_offer.literarycultures.pdf

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“Die meisten Beiträge des ersten Bandes dieser Geschichte der literarischen Kulturen in Mittelosteuropa zeugen nicht nur von einer einheitlich abgestimmten methodisch-theoretischen Haltung der Autoren mehrerer Generationen, sondern auch von einer besonderen Sachkompetenz, wo der wissenschaftliche Diskurs die Informationsfülle mit einer tiefschürfenden Textlektüre zusammenfügt. Recht innovativ für eine Synthese dieser Art und die Artikel, die sich mit der Kunt multimedialer Kanäle (Oper und Film), sowie mit der ungewöhnlichen Verbreitung des Interesses für Literaturtheorie als eine ebenfalls überregionale Erscheinung beschäftigen. Auch wenn manche Fragen, wie die der ästhetischen Wertmaßstäbe in jener Ecke Europas, wo die als 'Provinzliteratur' geltende Heimatdichtung lange die Öffentlichket beherrscht hatte, oder sogar die einer Definition Mittelosteuropas noch keine endgültigen/überzeugenden Antworten finden, kann man doch wohl behaupten, daß gerade die ganze Reihe der Probleme, die hier aufgeworfen werden, dieses Werk als einen Meilenstein auf dem Weg zu einer neuen Qualität der internationalen Kooperation in der Literaturwissenschaft ausweist.”
History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe is a significant and monumental venture. [...] These volumes represent a significant and unique addition to the field. Never before have so numerous and so varied essays on the literary cultures of East-Central Europe been available in the English language. [...] History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe is a trendsetter and launches a novel route into the subject, one which scholars will want to follow and explore in the future.”
“[...] this series will be by far the most comprehensive treatment of East-Central European literary culture ever attempted. [...] it will serve as the standard library reference on the region's culture for years to come.”
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BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
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