History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe: Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Volume 3

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Marcel Cornis-Pope, John Neubauer
John Benjamins Publishing, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 522 pages
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The third volume in the History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe focuses on the making and remaking of those institutional structures that engender and regulate the creation, distribution, and reception of literature. The focus here is not so much on shared institutions but rather on such region-wide analogous institutional processes as the national awakening, the modernist opening, and the communist regimentation, the canonization of texts, and censorship of literature. These processes, which took place in all of the region's cultures, were often asynchronous and subjected to different local conditions. The volume's premise is that the national awakening and institutionalization of literature were symbiotically interrelated in East-Central Europe. Each national awakening involves a language renewal, an introduction of the vernacular and its literature in schools and universities, the creation of an infrastructure for the publication of books and journals, clashes with censorship, the founding of national academies, libraries, and theaters, a (re)construction of national folklore, and the writing of histories of the vernacular literature. The four parts of this volume are titled: (1) Publishing and Censorship, (2) Theater as a Literary Institution, (3) Forging Primal Pasts: The Uses of Folk Poetry, and (4) Literary Histories: Itineraries of National Self-images.
 

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Contents

General Introduction
1
The TartuTallinn Dialectic in Estonian Letters and Culture Tiina A Kirss
28
Publishing and censorship
39
A Testing Ground
57
The Cosmopolitanism of Moderm revue 18941925 Neil Stewart
63
The Uncompromising Standards of Nyugat 19081941 Jozsef Szili
70
A Croatian Opening 195258 Tomislav Brlek
84
The National Role of the Albanian Literary Journals Robert Elsie
92
Yiddish Theater Michael Steinlauf
205
Female Trailblazers on the Latvian Stage Banuta Rubess
211
Regional sites of cultural hybridization
213
Theater under Socialism
217
Reconciling the Absurd with Socialism Dagmar Roberts
226
From Provincial Backwaters to Budapest and World Reputation Ldszlo Berczes
234
B Regions as Cultural Interfaces
245
Ideological Critique and Moral Rectitude in Slovene Dramas Lado Kralj
250

Bucharest City of Merging Paradigms
93
A Case Study of Bohumil Hrabals Jarmilka Kees Mercks
101
The Case of Timisoara
105
Religious and Political Censorship in Slovakia Dagmar Roberts
111
The Text of the City vs the Texts of Literature Alexander Kiossev
124
Strategies against Censorship in Soviet Lithuania 194490 Violeta Kelertas
125
the Case of Aleksander Pelecis Karl Jirgens
138
Trieste as a Center of Polyphonic Culture and Literature
145
Professionalization and Institutionalization in the Service of a National Awakening
147
the Pesti Magyar Szinhdz in 1837 Zoltdn Imre
149
Theater Starts as an Amateur Endeavor Dagmar Roberts
158
Topographies of Literary Culture in Budapest John Neubauer
162
Theater Speaks Many Languages in Romania Marian Popescu
166
the Thdlia Tdrsasdg 19041908 Zoltdn Imre
176
Sites of Identity Cultural Production Utopic or Dystopic
182
the Capeks Robots Insects Women and Men
183
The Interbellum Emancipation of the Slovak Stage Dagmar Roberts
189
Stage and Stage Design in Polish Modernist Theater Eleonora Udalska and
199
After Socialism Dragan Klaic
265
Mythologizing Contemporary Baltic Consciousness Endre Bojtdr
290
Folklore in the Making of Slovak Literature Dagmar Roberts
310
John Neubauer Introduction
321
an 1864 Debate on the
323
Representing Transnational Real or Imaginary Regional Spaces
333
Itineraries of national selfimages
345
Latvian Literary Histories and Textbooks Agita Misane
359
Shifting genres
375
The Narrowing Scope of Hungarian Literary Histories John Neubauer
384
the Widening Rift between Criticism and Literary Histories
404
Works Cited
429
The historical novel
463
Appendix
491
Romanian Historical Fiction and Family Cycles
499
Index of EastCentral European Names
505
Histories of multimedia constructions
513
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About the author (2004)

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".