The Columbia Literary History of Eastern Europe Since 1945

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Columbia University Press, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 405 pages
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Harold B. Segel writes a clear, concise, and balanced history of Eastern European literature, covering Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, East Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland. Romania. Serbia. Slovakia, Slovenia, and the Ukraine. He follows a unique, chronological-topical approach that begins with the treatment of World War II in Eastern European fiction and follows with such topics as the postwar imposition of Soviet-style literary controls, primarily in the form of socialist realism; literary responses to the brutal campaign of collectivization; the impact of the death of Stalin; exile and creativity; strategies ofliterary evasion and subterfuge; writing born from the experience of prison and labor camps; the rise of Solidarity in Poland; varieties of postmodernism throughout the region; poetry by women and the continued struggle for freedom of expression; the resonance of the Yugoslav wars on literature; and major postcommunist literary trends, including the new urbanism, nostalgia, emigration, and minority concerns.

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Harold B. Segel is professor emeritus of Slavic literatures and of comparative literature at Columbia University. Among his fourteen books is The Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe.

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