History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe: Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Volume 2

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Marcel Cornis-Pope, John Neubauer
John Benjamins Publishing, 2004 - 512 էջ
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Continuing the work undertaken in Vol. 1 of the History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe, Vol. 2 considers various topographic sites multicultural cities, border areas, cross-cultural corridors, multiethnic regions that cut across national boundaries, rendering them permeable to the flow of hybrid cultural messages. By focusing on the literary cultures of specific geographical locations, this volume intends to put into practice a new type of comparative study. Traditional comparative literary studies establish transnational comparisons and contrasts, but thereby reconfirm, however inadvertently, the very national borders they play down. This volume inverts the expansive momentum of comparative studies towards ever-broader regional, European, and world literary histories. While the theater of this volume is still the literary culture of East-Central Europe, the contributors focus on pinpointed local traditions and geographic nodal points. Their histories of Riga, Plovdiv, Timisoara or Budapest, of Transylvania or the Danube corridor to take a few examples reveal how each of these sites was during the last two-hundred years a home for a variety of foreign or ethnic literary traditions next to the one now dominant within the national borders. By foregrounding such non-national or hybrid traditions, this volume pleads for a diversification and pluralization of local and national histories. A genuine comparatist revival of literary history should involve the recognition that treading on native grounds means actually treading on grounds cultivated by diverse people.
 

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Mapping the Literary Interfaces of EastCentral Europe
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1 Cities as Sites of Hybrid Literary Identity and Multicultural Production
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2 Regional Sites of Cultural Hybridization
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Native to Diasporic
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Works cited
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