Absent Culture: The Case of Polish Livonia

Absent Culture: The Case of Polish Livonia

by Krzysztof Zajas


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The book forms a monograph of the local culture of the old Polish Livonia, practically absent in contemporary humanistic research. It includes historical and anthropological recapitulation of the phenomenon, but it also tries to describe cultural mechanisms characteristic in the so-called border situations, on a specific example. An important part of the description is an attempt to capture the phenomenon of local Polish-Livonian identity, enshrined in the literary and scientific projects of Polish Livonians. They form a misguided, unsuccessful representation the land in the discourse of Polish humanities. The book treats Polish Livonia in two ways: as an example of a dispersed, multi-cultural Polish borderland identity and as a unique phenomenon, grown up on the outskirts of the old Republic of Poland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631636466
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/26/2013
Series: Polish Studies - Transdisciplinary Perspectives Series , #4
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.04(d)

About the Author

Krzysztof Zajas, PhD in Polish Studies; asst. Professor in the Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University Krakow; specialized in modern Polish Literature, borderland research, cultural and postcolonial studies of Central Europe; editor of the Gustaw Manteuffel’s Selected Works.

Table of Contents

Contents: The re-creation of a nonexistent land – German history of Livonia: the conquistador complex – Polish history of Livonia: Nowhereland – Formative historiography – Historical project Livonia – Borderlands: circulation of discourses – Polish-Livonian literature.

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