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Author Kliems, Alfrun, 1969- author.

Title Underground modernity : urban poetics in East-Central Europe, pre- and post-1989 / Alfrun Kliems ; translated by Jake Schneider
Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2021
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Series Leipzig studies on the history and culture of East Central Europe, 2416-1160 ; volume 6
Leipzig studies on the history and culture of East-Central Europe ; v. 6
Contents Part I. Typology -- The Underground and the City, Pre- and Post-1989: An Effort to Interweave Concepts -- Paranoid Schizophrenia: Dissent, the Underground, and Cultural Fissure -- Subverting Official Claims to Centrality: Overcity/Undercity, City/Country, East/West -- Verticality as Metaphor: The Romantic Era and the Underground as a Historical Location -- Part II. Figures, Works, Groups -- Last Exit: Egon Bondy's Anti-flâneurs under the Wheels of Madame Prague -- Urban Disaffiliation: The Swan Songs of Ivan Martin Jirous -- Disgusted in Bratislava: Vladimír Archleb's Lyrically Vulgar Dandyism -- Christ Quieted: Marcin Świetlicki, Kraków, the Underground, and Pop -- The Joy of Failure, or Underground and Generation: Jacek Podsiadło's Road Story en Route to Bratislava -- My City's Me, It's Many: Peter 'Firefly' Wawerzinek, the Palaverer of Prenzlauer Berg -- Anticolonial Myth, Pop, Punk -- and the End of the Underground? The Topol Brothers' Psí vojáci Songs -- Romani and Vietnamese in Prague: Jáchym Topol Bids Farewell to the Tripolis Praga -- A Detour to Moscow: Vladimir Makanin's Underground Fantasies, or the Snare of the Subterranean -- 'Cherboslovats, Romongolians, Sweeks': Yuri Andrukhovych's Moscow as a 'Junkspace' of Cultures -- Planar Cities and Their Urban Devastation: Andrzej Stasiuk's Post-Socialist Warsaw -- Aggressive Localism: Andrzej Stasiuk and Yuri Andrukhovych as Secretaries of the Provincial -- Backstory 'Metropolis, Mass, Meat Factory': Tot Art, the Orange Alternative, and Other Chefs of the 'Semantic Porridge' -- 'It All Started in Gdańsk!': Berlin's Club of Polish Losers -- Conclusion or, Entropy of the Underground
Summary "The literary scholar Alfrum Kliems explores the aesthetic strategies of Eastern European underground literature, art, film and music in the decades before and after the fall of communism, ranging from the 'father' of Prague Underground, Egon Bondy, to the neo-dada Club of Polish Losers in Berlin. The works she considers are 'underground' in the sense that they were produced illegally, or were received as subversive after the regimes had fallen. Her study challenges common notions of 'Underground' as an umbrella term for nonconformism. Rather, it depicts it as a sociopoetic reflection of modernity, intimately linked to urban settings, with tropes and aesthetic procedures related to Surrealism, Dadaism, Expressionism, and, above all, pop and counterculture. The author discusses these commonalities and distinctions in Czech, Polish, Slovak, Ukrainian, Russian, and German authors, musicians, and filmmakers. She identifies intertextual relations across languages and generations, and situates her findings in a transatlantic context (including the Beat Generation, Susan Sontag, Neil Young) and the historical framework of Romanticism and modernity (including Baudelaire and Brecht). Despite this wide brief, the book never loses sight of its core message: Underground is no arbitrary expression of discontent, but rather the result of a fundamental conflict at the socio-philosophical roots of modernity"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Translated from the German
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 07, 2021)
Subject Cities and towns in literature.
Counterculture -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 20th century
Literature, Experimental -- Europe, Eastern -- History and criticism
Performing arts and literature -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 20th century
Performing arts and literature -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 21st century
Underground literature -- Europe, Eastern -- History and criticism
Urbanization in literature.
Cities and towns in literature.
Counterculture.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- Eastern.
Literature, Experimental.
Performing arts and literature.
Underground literature.
Urbanization in literature.
Eastern Europe.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Form Electronic book
Author Schneider, Jake, translator.
LC no. 2020043779
ISBN 9633863988
9789633863985
Other Titles Underground, die Wende und die Stadt. English