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Edited by Dobrota Pucherova and Robert Gafrik

This collective monograph analyzes post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe through the paradigm of postcoloniality. Based on the assumption that both Western and Soviet imperialism emerged from European modernity, the book is a contribution to the development of a global postcolonial discourse based on a more extensive and nuanced geohistorical comparativism. It suggests that the inclusion of East-Central Europe in European identity might help resolve postcolonialism’s difficulties in coming to terms with both postcolonial and neo-colonial dimensions of contemporary Europe. Analyzing post-communist identity reconstructions under the impact of transformative political, economic and cultural experiences such as changes in perception of time and space (landscapes, cityscapes), migration and displacement, collective memory and trauma, objectifying gaze, cultural self-colonization, and language as a form of power, the book facilitates a mutually productive dialogue between postcolonialism and post-communism. Together the studies map the rich terrain of contemporary East-Central European creative writing and visual art, the latter highlighted through accompanying illustrations.

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Ellen Rutten

Starting from the late 1980s, Western European and American literature, art and philosophy present a crescent plea for a move away from postmodernism’s purportedly radical irony. The same appeal marks contemporary Russian literature, with several writers propagating new sincere or new sentimentalist substitutes for postmodernism. This article links the Russian debate on a new sincerity to the political transition of the late 1980s. Russian writers then confronted a radically new political reality, in which a free market replaced Soviet communism. Relying on auto-comments by Timur Kibirov and Vladimir Sorokin, I propose that their allegedly strictly literarily motivated protest against postmodernism is, in fact, tightly linked to socio-economic factors, such as the need for a broad reader audience.

Bertolt Brecht

Centenary Essays

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Edited by Steve Giles and Rodney Livingstone

The publication of this volume of essays marks the centenary of the birth of Bertolt Brecht on 10 February 1898. The essays were commissioned from scholars and critics around the world, and cover six main areas: recent biographical controversies; neglected theoretical writings; the semiotics of Brechtian theatre; new readings of classic texts; Brecht’s role and reception in the GDR; and contemporary appropriations of Brecht’s work. This volume will be essential reading for all those interested in twentieth century theatre, modern German studies, and the contemporary reassessment of post-war culture in the wake of German unification and the collapse of Stalinist communism in Central and Eastern Europe.
The essays in this volume also address a variety of general questions, concerning - for example - authorship and textuality; the nature of Brecht’s Marxism in relation to his understanding of modernity, science and Enlightenment reason; Marxist aesthetics; radical cultural politics; and feminist performance theory.

Joel Crotty

The author engages with how communism and socialist realism have been re-presented in post-communist Europe. Communist cultural artefacts are displayed in museums and theme parks on a continuum from dangerous relics to benign kitsch. He argues for neutrality when dealing with musical socialist realism and demonstrates some of the pitfalls in taking that position through examples of Romanian art music from the mid-20th century.

is a co-editor of Changing Political and Economic Regimes in Russia (Routledge, 2013). He has published articles in leading journals such as Global Governance , International Spectator , European Regional and Urban Studies , Problems of Post-Communism , Demokratizatsiia , Journal of

Milan Orlić

to old dogmas, Pekić at the same time offers a reasoned critique of the politics and ideology of Communism as well as Ideology and Politics as such. This historical and political as well as literal framework is the background to Pekić’s poetics, which from his first novel, The Time of Miracles

Amaleena Damlé

tradition and innovation in 2015 collections of French and Francophone poetry. 3 The Novel Gavin Boyd, ‘ (N)ostalgie ? Communism in French Literature Since 1989’, FCS , 27:190–198, considers the memory of communism in French literature published since 1989, within the broader

Asiya Bulatova

had been completely discredited” – communism is not the final, but only the first stage in world reconstruction. Katerina Clarke pointed to the Constructivist belief that “a new man and a new consciousness could be created less by individual acts of perception than by establishing a totally new