Writing Postcommunism: Towards a Literature of the East European Ruins (BOK)

David Williams

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Moving through the elegiac ruins of the Berlin Wall and the Yugoslav disintegration, Writing Postcommunism explores literary evocations of the pervasive disappointment and mourning that have marked the postcommunist twilight. With particular reference to the writings of Croatian emigre Dubravka Ugresic, and those of Milan Kundera, Clemens Meyer, Ingo Schulze, Jachym Topol, Christa Wolf, and others, it is argued that a significant body of postcommunist literature is underpinned and scarred by the semantic field of ruins: melancholia and nostalgia, presence and absence, pride and shame, and not least, remembering and forgetting. Taken together, the writings considered suggest a post-1989 'literature of the ruins', an amorphous, anti-formative framework that also dramatically illuminates the post-1989 ruins of east European literature itself - what remains when, as Gyorgy Konrad put it, 'something is over'.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter David Williams
Forlag
PALGRAVE MACMILLAN
ISBN 9781137330079
Antall sider 244 Dimensjoner 14,1cm x 22,2cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 454 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form European history, Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Literary theory