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Author Pucherova, Dobrota

Title Postcolonial Europe? Essays on Post-Communist Literatures and Cultures
Published Leiden : BRILL, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (405 pages)
Series Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft
Internationale Forschungen zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft.
Contents Postcolonial Europe? Essays onPost-Communist Literatures andCultures; Copyright; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Which Postcolonial Europe?; Part I: Post-Communist, Post-Socialist, Post-Soviet, Post-Dependence: Preliminary Considerations on East-Central European Un-Homing; Postcolonial Theory, the Decolonial Option and Postsocialist Writing; Postcolonial Narratives, Decolonial Options: The Baltic Experience; Joined at the Hip? About Post-Communism in a (Revised) Postcolonial Mode; Inventing Postcolonial Poland: Strategies of Domestication
Part II: The Ghosts of the Past: Post-Communist Rewriting of National HistoriesFilling in the Historical Blanks: A Tropology of the Void in Postcommunist and Postcolonial Reconstructions of Identity; Confessions from the Dead: Reading Ismail Kadare's Spiritus as a 'Post-Communist Gothic' Novel; Trauma and Memory of Soviet Occupation in Slovak (Post- )Communist Literature; 'Let My People Go': Postcolonial Trauma in Oksana Zabuzhko's The Museum of Abandoned Secrets
The Organic (Re)Turn -- Ecology of Place in Postcolonial and Central/Eastern European Novel of Post-DisplacementPart IV: Imagining the Orient in Central European Communist Travel Writing; Representations of India in Slovak Travel Writing during the Communist Regime (1948-1989); Socialist Anti-Orientalism: Perceptions of China in Czechoslovak Travelogues from the 1950s; A Socialist Orientalism? Polish Travel Writing on India in the 1960s; Part V: Between the East and the West: The Colonial Present; Ukrainian Culture after Communism: Between Post-Colonial Liberation and Neo-Colonial Subjugation
Trapped by the Western Gaze: Contemporary European Imagology and Its Implications for East and South-East European Agency -- a Case StudyCentral European Palimpsests: Postcolonial Discourse in Works by Andrzej Stasiuk and Yurii Andrukhovych; Contributors
Voicing the Subaltern by Narrating the Communist Past through the Focalization of a Child in Gábor Németh's 'Are You a Jew?' and Endre Kukorelly's 'The Fairy Valley'Part III: Place and Displacement in (Post- )Communist Narratives and Cityscapes; Geopoetics of the Female Body in Postcolonial Ukrainian and Polish Fiction; Building Empire through Self-Colonization: Literary Canons and Budapest as Sovietized Metropolis; The City of K. (Königsberg/Kaliningrad) as a Cultural Phenomenon: Cultural Memory, the Myth and Identity of the City
Summary An analysis of post-communist identity reconstructions under the impact of experiences such as migration and displacement, collective memory and trauma, and cultural self-colonization. The book facilitates a mutually productive dialogue between postcolonialism and post-communism, mapping the rich terrain of contemporary East-Central European creative writing and visual art
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Subject East European literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and society.
Post-communism -- Europe, Eastern.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Gáfrik, Róbert.
ISBN 9004303855
9789004303850 (electronic bk.)