Crossing Central Europe: Continuities and Transformations, 1900-2000

Crossing Central Europe: Continuities and Transformations, 1900-2000


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442649149
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 11/02/2017
Series: German and European Studies Series
Pages: 312
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
Helga Mitterbauer

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
Gregor Kokorz

4. History without End(s): The Aesthetics and Politics of the Reading Play
Imre Szeman

5. Kitchen Stories: Literary and Architectural Reflections on Modern Kitchens in Central Europe
Sarah McGaughey

Part Two: 2000

6. Spaces of Unhomeliness: Re-Reading Post-Imperial Urban Heterotopias in East Central Europe
Irene Sywenky

7. Interdependences: Migration, (Trans-)Cultural Codes and the Writing of Central Europe in Texts by Doron Rabinovici, Julya Rabinowich, and Vladimir Vertlib
Sandra Vlasta

8. Cultures of Memory, Migration, and Masculinity: Dimitré Dinev’s Engelszungen
Michael Boehringer

9. Remixing Central European Culture: The Case of Laibach
Stefan Simonek

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
Carrie Smith-Prei

What People are Saying About This

Geoffrey C. Howes

"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."

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