Veranstaltungen | Events - Part 26

posted by PP on 2005/06/06 02:44

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Andrew Wachtel is Bertha and Max Dressler Professor of the Humanities at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the Northwestern University in Chicago. On June 9 (06.00 p.m.) he will talk on Nomads or Natives? East European Writers (and Readers) after Communism
As the inviting IFK informed:
Until 1989 it was considered obvious that East and West Europeans existed in parallel universes. To be sure, the membrane between East and West was semi-permeable, but the role of and possibilities for literary expression were far different on the two sides of the divide. 1989 brought an end to the "objective conditions" that had made writers of imaginative literature peculiarly important in most of Eastern Europe, and by 2004 most of what used to be the communist world had been incorporated into West European and trans-Atlantic structures in the areas of politics, security, and (to some extent) economics. The rhythms and logic of cultural production, however, are not necessarily identical to those of politics. The implicit invitation to feel at home in the larger European context has elicited a variety of responses from East European writers (and artists more generally), and the talk will explore this variety, focusing on the question of how Eastern European writers and their readers have negotiated the competing desire to, on the one hand, preserve something of their own (however understood) and, on the other, integrating with the European cultural mainstream.
Andrew Wachtels areas of interest include: Russian prose, 19th and 20th centuries, particularly the complex interrelationship of literature and society; South Slavic Literatures (Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Slovenian), particularly literature, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism; Russian drama; Russian Literature and other arts (music, visual arts, theatre); contemporary East and Central European Literature.
His books include: The Battle for Childhood: Creation of a Russian Myth, Stanford 1990; An Obsession with History: Russian Writers Confront the Past, Stanford 1994; Petrushka: Sources and Contexts, Chicago 1998; Making a Nation, Breaking a Nation: Literature and Cultural Politics in Yugoslavia, Stanford 1998; Remaining Relevant after Communism? Writers and Society in Eastern Europe since 1989 (forthcoming); A History of the Balkans (forthcoming).

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