Cultures of Forgery: Making Nations, Making Selves / Edition 1

Cultures of Forgery: Making Nations, Making Selves / Edition 1

by Judith Ryan
     
 

In Cultures of Forgery, leading literary studies and cultural studies scholars examine the double meaning of the word "forge"-to create or to form, on the one hand, and to make falsely, on the other. Eleven essays take on a broad range of topics, including counterfeit Hitler diaries, the creation of national identity in Bohemia, and Jean-Etienne Liotard's fabricated … See more details below

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In Cultures of Forgery, leading literary studies and cultural studies scholars examine the double meaning of the word "forge"-to create or to form, on the one hand, and to make falsely, on the other. Eleven essays take on a broad range of topics, including counterfeit Hitler diaries, the creation of national identity in Bohemia, and Jean-Etienne Liotard's fabricated "Turkish" identity. Each asks how forgery-a process at times deceptive, at times creative-has shaped modern culture and challenged our understandings of authorship and value.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415968317
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/19/2003
Series:
CultureWork: A Book Series from the Center for Literacy and Cultural Studies at Harvard Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Alfred Thomas is Professor of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Head of Department. From 1996 to 2002 he was John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which are Anne's Bohemia: Czech Literature and Society, 1310-1420 (University of Minnesota Press, 1998) and Embodying Bohemia: Questions of Gender and Sexuality in Modern Czech Culture (forthcoming, University of Wisconsin Press, 2004). Judith Ryan is the Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. She is the author of Umschlag und Verwandlung (on Rilke's poetry; 1972), The Uncompleted Past: Postwar German Novels and the Third Reich (1983), The Vanishing Subject:Early Psychology and Literary Modernism (1991), and Rilke, Modernism and Poetic Tradition (1999). She has also written articles on such authors as Franz Kafka, Paul Celan, Christa Wolf, and Günter Grass. She is currently at work on a book about the relation of the contemporary novel to literary theory.

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Table of Contents

Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Forging Truth in Medieval England3
2Forging a Past: The Sibylline Books and the Making of Rome15
3Forging Czechs: The Reinvention of National Identity in the Bohemian Lands29
4Eclectic Fabrication: St. Petersburg and the Problem of Imperial Architectural Style53
5The Blankness of Dali, or Forging Catalonia79
6The Art of Forging Music and Musicians: Of Lighthearted Musicologists, Ambitious Performers, Narrow-Minded Brothers, and Creative Aristocrats111
7Jean-Etienne Liotard's Envelopes of Self127
8Wrestling with Representation: Reforging Images of the Artist and Art in the Russian Avant-Garde145
9After the "Death of the Author": The Fabrication of Helen Demidenko169
10Facts, Writing, and Problems of Memory in Memoir: The Wilkomirski Case187
11The Fascination of a Fake: The Hitler Diaries199
Contributors213
Index217

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