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.
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The earlier passage quoted in subsection II of this introduction, suggested that an almost xenophobic nationalism inspired Bartók to embark on his project of folk-music collection at the beginning of the twentieth century. By contrast, Bartók’s “Music and Racial Purity” essay, published in 1942 during his American exile, shows that by the end of his life he thought that peasant music participated in “a continuous give and take of melodies, a constant crossing and recrossing” (Essays 30). In contrast to North Africa, where Bartók saw no such exchange and cross-fertilization, he found in East-Central Europe “an immense variety and a wealth of melodies and melodic types,” and he regarded the “ﬁnally attained ‘racial impurity’ [ital.
Its “future-directedness” means that the term is not based on any geographical or political given but is rather an invention whose reality must be constructed out of linguistic, religious, and ethnic elements that were diﬀerently grouped in the past (and may be grouped 14 Marcel Cornis-Pope and John Neubauer diﬀerently in the future by others). East-Central Europe is, like the nation states that compose it, an imagined community in Benedict Anderson’s sense of the phrase (15). Constructing its literature means reconceptualizing the existing literatures and their national histories.
The northern zone is bounded by the Baltic Sea in the north and the crests of the Ore, Sudeten, and Carpathian mountains in the south. This zone is characterized primarily by an unbroken plain that is part of the North European Lowlands, stretching in a west-east band across the entire European continent beginning in the Netherlands and including northern Germany, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, and on into Russia as far as the Ural Mountains. Along the southern edge of the part of this zone that is in East-Central Europe are plateaus and foothills covering large parts of southeastern Poland, southwestern Ukraine, and northern Moldova.
History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe: Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Comparative History of Literature in European Languages) by Marcel Cornis-Pope, John Neubauer