WiSe 14/15: Exile literary cultures of Eastern Europe (1945-1989)
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Scientific discussions about 'diasporas' became very popular during the 1990s, and up to this date, they owe a great deal to post colonial theories. Little has been said about Eastern European ... read more
Scientific discussions about 'diasporas' became very popular during the 1990s, and up to this date, they owe a great deal to post colonial theories. Little has been said about Eastern European diasporas, although their literary production was rather influential in Europe during the two-three decades following the war.
The course proposes the analysis of exile literary cultures from several countries belonging to the former Eastern Bloc, discussing concepts such as emigration/ diaspora/ exile.
More specifically, the course will focus on:
o cultural and historical context which caused the exiles to leave their country of origin and geographical regroupment;
o relationship of the exiles with both the country of origin and the country of adoption;
o narratives of the homeland in exile literature;
o cultural associations, institutes, literary circles, libraries, newspapers, magazines created by the exiles;
o return after 1989 and impact on national mainstream culture.
While primarily focused on Romanian texts (Paul Goma, Norman Manea, Virgil Gheorghiu, Vintila Horia), readings will also include a variety of other East European writers (Danuta Mostwin, Pavel Tigrid, Milos Crnjanski, Witold Gombrowicz) for comparison purposes. close