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

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Eleven notable scholars offer essays that ask how forgery has shaped modern culture and challenged our understandings of authorship and value.
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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
1 Forging Truth in Medieval England 3
2 Forging a Past: The Sibylline Books and the Making of Rome 15
3 Forging Czechs: The Reinvention of National Identity in the Bohemian Lands 29
4 Eclectic Fabrication: St. Petersburg and the Problem of Imperial Architectural Style 53
5 The Blankness of Dali, or Forging Catalonia 79
6 The Art of Forging Music and Musicians: Of Lighthearted Musicologists, Ambitious Performers, Narrow-Minded Brothers, and Creative Aristocrats 111
7 Jean-Etienne Liotard's Envelopes of Self 127
8 Wrestling with Representation: Reforging Images of the Artist and Art in the Russian Avant-Garde 145
9 After the "Death of the Author": The Fabrication of Helen Demidenko 169
10 Facts, Writing, and Problems of Memory in Memoir: The Wilkomirski Case 187
11 The Fascination of a Fake: The Hitler Diaries 199
Contributors 213
Index 217
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