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The Campus Novel

Regional or Global?


Edited by Dieter Fuchs and Wojciech Klepuszewski

The Campus Novel – Regional or Global? presents innovative scholarship in the field of academic fiction. Whereas the campus novel is traditionally considered a product of the Anglo-American world, the present study opens a new perspective: it elucidates the intercultural exchange between the well-established Western canon of British and American academic fiction and its more recent regional response outside the Anglo-American territory.
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The BRILL series Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics occupies a unique place in the academic and intellectual book market due to its emphasis on theoretically informed and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Slavic literatures and cultures.
The series welcomes book proposals for monographs or edited volumes discussing questions of Slavic culture, identity and history as expressed in literature, film and other forms of cultural production.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the publisher at BRILL, Masja Horn.

The series published an average of one volume per year over the last 5 years.
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Poets of Hope and Despair

The Russian Symbolists in War and Revolution, 1914-1918


Ben Hellman

In Poets of Hope and Despair: The Russian Symbolists in War and Revolution (1914-1918), Ben Hellman examines the artistic responses and the philosophical and political attitudes of eight major Russian poets to the First World War and the revolutions of 1917. The historical cataclysms gave rise to apocalyptic premonitions and a thirst for a total spiritual metamorphosis. A major topic of discussion was the role of Russia in this process. Other issues raised were modern Germany, the future of a divided Poland, the occupation of Belgium, and the dilemma of the Russian Jews. In the wake of the military setbacks, hopes were mixed with feelings of fear and despair, all expressed in fictional as well as in nonfictional form.
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Marika Mägi

Marika Mägi’s book considers the cultural, mercantile and political interaction of the Viking Age (9th-11th century), focusing on the eastern coasts of the Baltic Sea. The majority of research on Viking activity in the East has so far concentrated on the modern-day lands of Russia, while the archaeology and Viking Age history of today’s small nation states along the eastern coasts of the Baltic Sea is little known to a global audience.
This study looks at the area from a trans-regional perspective, combining archaeological evidence with written sources, and offering reflections on the many different factors of climate, topography, logistics, technology, politics and trade that shaped travel in this period. The work offers a nuanced vision of Eastern Viking expansion, in which the Eastern Baltic frequently acted as buffer zone between eastern and western powers.
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Degeneration erzählen

Literatur und Psychiatrie im Russland der 1880er und 1890er Jahre

Riccardo Nicolosi

Die Degenerationstheorie prägte die russische Kultur des aus- gehenden 19. Jahrhunderts als allgegenwärtiges Deutungsmodell sozialer Desintegration.
Riccardo Nicolosi legt eine biologistische Schicht in der russischen Literatur frei, die ungeahnte Verbindungen zwischen Dostoevskij und Mamin-Sibirjak, Saltykov-Scedrin und Boborykin, Tolstoj und Giljarovskij offenbart.
In der russischen Literatur eröffnet das Erzählen der Degeneration ein weites Feld semantischer Möglichkeiten, die von dessen Inanspruchnahme für soziale Kritik bis zur Modellierung vorsymbolistischer Atmosphären reichen.
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Vladimir Nabokov’s Lectures on Literature

Portraits of the Artist as Reader and Teacher


Edited by Ben Dhooge and Jürgen Pieters

This volume offers insight into Vladimir Nabokov as a reader and a teacher, and sheds new light on the relationship of his views on literary aesthetics to the development of his own oeuvre. The essays included focus on the lectures on European and Russian literature that Nabokov gave at a number of American universities in the years between his arrival in the United States and the publication of Lolita. Nabokov’s treatment of literary masterpieces by Austen, Cervantes, Chekhov, Dickens, Flaubert, Gogol, Kafka, Joyce, Proust and Stevenson is assessed by experts on these authors.

Contributors are: Lara Delage-Toriel, Ben Dhooge, Yannicke Chupin, Roy Groen, Luc Herman, Flora Keersmaekers, Arthur Langeveld, Geert Lernout, Vivian Liska, Ilse Logie, Jürgen Pieters, Gerard de Vries.
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Transfer und Transformationen

Theorie und Praxis deutsch-russischer Kulturtransferforschung

Edited by Sonja Erhardt, Jennifer Grünewald, Nataliya Kopcha and Natalija Kopca

Wie werden materielle und immaterielle Güter transferiert? Worin äußert sich ›kulturelle Identität‹? – Dies sind Kernfragen der Kulturtransferforschung. Im 20. Jahrhundert in Frankreich begründet, hat sie sich zu einem fruchtbaren theoretischen Ansatz entwickelt, der Transferprozesse und kulturelle Umdeutungen fokussiert.
In diesem interdisziplinär orientierten Band soll der Ausweitung der Kulturtransferforschung auf den russischen Kulturraum Rechnung getragen werden. Die 16 Artikel vermitteln Einsichten in russisch-deutsche Kulturbeziehungen vom 17. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart und bieten innovative Konzepte ihrer Erforschung und Darstellung. Dabei überprüfen sie die Anwendbarkeit der hier entwickelten Theoreme an praxisbezogenen Beispielen.
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Matei Cazacu

Edited by Stephen W. Reinert

Originally published in French in 2004, Matei Cazacu’s Dracula remains the most authoritative scholarly biography of the Wallachian prince Vlad III the Impaler (1448, 1456-1462, 1476). Its core is an exhaustively researched reconstruction of Dracula’s life and political career, using original sources in more than nine languages. In addition Cazacu traces Dracula’s metamorphosis, at the hands of contemporary propagandists, into variously a bloodthirsty tyrant, and an early modern “great sovereign.” Beyond this Cazacu explores Dracula’s transformation into “the vampire prince” in literature, film and folklore, with surprising new discoveries on Bram Stoker’s sources for his novel. In this first English translation, the text and bibliography are updated, and readers are provided with an appendix of the key sources for Dracula’s life, in fresh and accurate English translations.
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Die Hand am Werk

Poetik der Poiesis in der russischen Avantgarde

Susanne Strätling

Handvergessenheit und Augenversessenheit – auf diese Position hat sich die Avantgardeforschung nahezu einmütig versteift. Die Hand am Werk unternimmt eine kritische Revision dieser Haltung und präpariert die verschüttete Geschichte einer haptisch hochsensiblen Avantgarde heraus.
Kunst = Neues Sehen. Diese Formel prägt die Avantgarde, bis in die Gegenwart bestimmt sie unser Denken. Wo aber liegen die blinden Flecken dieses Optozentrismus? Am Leitfaden von Gesten wie Berühren, Geben oder Zeigen beleuchtet die Studie Schlüsselszenen der manipulativen Interaktion zwischen Subjekt und Artefakt und beobachtet die Herausforderungen, die dem Auge durch die Hand erwachsen. Hier geraten Krisen einer visuell dominierten Perspektive auf die Künste in den Blick, die zur Neubestimmung von Ästhetik und Poetik unter Einbezug des Taktilen auffordern. Dabei wird deutlich: Die Handvergessenheit der Avantgardeforschung verstellt nicht nur den Blick auf ihren Gegenstand – sie steht prototypisch für eine systematische Verengung in den Kunst-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften.
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Mulieres suadentes - Persuasive Women

Female Royal Saints in Medieval East Central and Eastern Europe


Martin Homza

In Mulieres suadentes - Persuasive Women, Martin Homza scrutinises the genesis of ruler ideology among the most prominent East Central and Eastern European dynasties from the early and later Middle Ages. At the center of attention are the Přemyslids, the Piasts, the Rurikids, and the Árpáds, but also the main dynasties of the Balkans, namely the Trpimirović and the Nemanjić dynasties, as well as the House of Bogdan, and the Moldova dynasty of the Muṣatins. Unlike previous work, which has focused on narrative sources of male ruler hagiography, Homza studies texts concerning female royal figures. More broadly, this book also attempts to bridge the artificial gap between West and East in Europe.