By Marcel Cornis-Pope, John Neubauer
Carrying on with the paintings undertaken in Vol. 1 of the History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe, Vol. 2 considers numerous topographic sites―multicultural towns, border components, cross-cultural corridors, multiethnic regions―that reduce throughout nationwide obstacles, rendering them permeable to the circulate of hybrid cultural messages. by means of targeting the literary cultures of particular geographical destinations, this quantity intends to place into perform a brand new form of comparative research. conventional comparative literary reviews determine transnational comparisons and contrasts, yet thereby reconfirm, notwithstanding inadvertently, the very nationwide borders they play down. This quantity inverts the expansive momentum of comparative stories in the direction of ever-broader local, ecu, and global literary histories. whereas the theater of this quantity remains to be the literary tradition of East-Central Europe, the individuals concentrate on pinpointed neighborhood traditions and geographic nodal issues. Their histories of Riga, Plovdiv, Timişoara or Budapest, of Transylvania or the Danube hall – to take a couple of examples – show how each one of those websites was once over the last two-hundred years a house for various international or ethnic literary traditions subsequent to the single now dominant in the nationwide borders. by way of foregrounding such non-national or hybrid traditions, this quantity pleads for a diversification and pluralization of neighborhood and nationwide histories. a real comparatist revival of literary background may still contain the popularity that “treading on local grounds” capacity really treading on grounds cultivated through diversified people.