Crossing Central Europe is a pioneering volume that focuses on the complex networks of transcultural interrelations in Central Europe from 1900 to 2000. Scholars from Canada, the United States, and Europe identify the motifs, topics, and ways of artistic creation that define this cross-cultural region. This interdisciplinary volume is divided into two historical periods and includes analyses of literature, film, music, architecture, and media. By focusing first on the interrelations in the nineteenth and early twentieth-century, the contributors reveal a complex trans-ethnic network at play that disseminated aesthetic ideals. This network continued to be a force of aesthetic influence leading into the twenty-first century despite globalization and the influence of mass media.
Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei have embarked on a study of the overlapping artistic influences that have outlasted both the National Socialist regime and the Cold War.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division|
|Series:||German and European Studies Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Helga Mitterbauer is a professor of German literature and holds the Chaire de litérature allemande at the Université libre de Bruxelles.
Carrie Smith-Prei is an associate professor of German Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Crossings and Encounters
Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei
Part One: 1900
1. Beyond Aesthetic Boarders: Theory—Media—Case Study
2. The Aesthetics of Change: Women Writers of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy
Agatha Schwartz and Helga Thorson
3. Border, Trans-Border, and Unification—Music and Its Divergent Roles in the Nineteenth-Century Habsburg Territories
4. History without End(s): The Aesthetics and Politics of the Reading Play
5. Kitchen Stories: Literary and Architectural Reflections on Modern Kitchens in Central Europe
Part Two: 2000
6. Spaces of Unhomeliness: Re-Reading Post-Imperial Urban Heterotopias in East Central Europe
7. Interdependences: Migration, (Trans-)Cultural Codes and the Writing of Central Europe in Texts by Doron Rabinovici, Julya Rabinowich, and Vladimir Vertlib
8. Cultures of Memory, Migration, and Masculinity: Dimitré Dinev’s Engelszungen
9. Remixing Central European Culture: The Case of Laibach
10. Bottled Messages for Europe’s Future?: The Danube in Contemporary Transnational Cinema
Matthew D. Miller
11. Beyond Central Europe: Confluence and the Cosmopolitical Public Intellectual
What People are Saying About This
"Crossing Central Europe moves Austrian Studies into Central European Studies by credibly crossing boundaries of nation, language, genre, and discipline. It is a serious advance, and an invitation to other scholars to formulate their theses and hypotheses in terms of transnational and post national forces. This collection is exciting and inspiring."