Voicing Memories, Unearthing Identities: Studies in the Twenty-First-Century Literatures of Eastern and East-Central Europe

Aleksandra Konarzewska, Anna Nakai (Eds.)

by Aleksandra Konarzewska (University of Tübingen, Germany), Anna Nakai (Central European University, Hungary), Jennifer Döring (University of Tübingen,Germany), Elisa-Maria Hiemer (University of Gießen, Germany), Melinda Harlov-Csortán (Apor Vilmos Catholic College in Vác, Hungary), Monika Glosowitz (University of Silesia, Poland), Alena Heinritz (University of Innsbruck, Austria), Philine Bickhardt (HU Berlin, Germany), Karolina Kolpak (Yale University), Justyna Tabaszewska (IBL PAN, Poland), Antonina Puchkovskaia (King’s College London), Kseniia Tereshchenko (ITMO, Russia), Valentin Peschanskyi (University of Münster, Germany), Olena Saikovska (Odesa I. I., Mechnikov National University, Ukraine), Olha Tkachenko (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland), Maria Ivanytska (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine)

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In the region known as Eastern and East-Central Europe, the framework provided by memory studies became highly valuable for understanding the overload of interpretations of and conflicting perspectives on events during the twentieth century. The trauma of two world wars, the development of collective consciousness according to national and ethnic categories, stories of the trampled lands and lives of people, and resistance to the rule of authoritarian and totalitarian terrors—these trajectories left complex layers of identities to unfold. The following volume addresses the issue of identity as a pivot in studies of memory and literature. In this context, it addresses the question of cultural negotiation as it took shape between memory and literature, history and literature, and memory and history, with the help of contemporary authors and their works. The authors take the literature of countries such as Estonia, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine, and Russia as the point of departure, and explain its significance in terms of geographical, theoretical, and thematic perspectives.

Aleksandra Konarzewska, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She graduated from the University of Warsaw and the University of Tübingen. Her research focuses on literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, contemporary non-fiction literature, and the philosophy and history of ideas in Central and Eastern Europe.

Anna Nakai is a part-time lecturer at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan, and a researcher at its Institute for Global Area Studies. Her doctoral research focuses on the contemporary intellectual history of Central Europe, especially late socialist Czechoslovakia and Poland.

Memory Studies, Literary Theory, Digital Humanities, Contemporary Literature, Lie, Alternative History, Embodied Memory, Autobiographic Writing, Holocaust, Silencing, Cold War, Second World War, Eastern Europe, War, Central-Eastern Europe

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Book Title
Voicing Memories, Unearthing Identities: Studies in the Twenty-First-Century Literatures of Eastern and East-Central Europe
Number of pages
Physical size
236mm x 160mm
Publication date
May 2023