After the epochal turn of 1989 a new wave of movies dealing with the complex entanglement of religious and national identity has emerged in the eastern part of Europe. There has been plenty of evidence for a return of nationalism, while the predicated "return of religion(s)" is envisaged on a larger scale as a global phenomenon. The book suggests that in the wake of the historical turns of 1989, an "iconic turn" has taken place in Eastern Europe – in the form of a renewed cinematic commitment to make sense of the world in religious and/or national terms. "Iconic Turns" combines theoretical articles on the subject with case studies, bringing together researchers from different national backgrounds and disciplines, such as history, literary and film studies.
Contributors include: Eva Binder, Jan Čulík, Liliya Berezhnaya, Christian Schmitt, Hans-Joachim Schlegel, Maren Röger, Mirosław Przylipiak, Stephen Norris, John-Paul Himka, Maria Falina, and Natascha Drubek.
The essay discusses the potential of poetry in general and ecopoetry in particular to make a political stance in a world on the brink of environmental catastrophe. Does it make sense to consider the non-instrumental and non-pragmatic characteristics of ecopoetry as an antidote to destructive forms of instrumental reasoning? Can the discourse of (eco)poetry provide a language which bridges the gap between the linguistic sign and the referent out there, between human thought and the materiality of the world? The essay argues that contemporary poems by the Scottish poets Kathleen Jamie and John Burnside fathom the “hidden resources of language” (Timothy Clark) to fundamentally question anthropocentric modes of thought.