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World Literature Studies 1/2018 “Frontier Orientalism in Central and East European Literatures” – call for contributions

Editors: Charles Sabatos (charles.sabatos@gmail.com), Yeditepe University, Istanbul; Róbert Gáfrik (rgafrik@yahoo.com), Institute of World Literature, Bratislava

The purpose of this issue of WLS will be to explore the phenomenon of frontier orientalism in the literatures of Central and Eastern Europe. We welcome contributions from literary historians and theorists, as well as those in related disciplines. Other than its obvious differences from Said’s colonizing Orientalism, how does frontier orientalism contribute to the formulation of “imagined communities,” both national and transnational, in the region? Submissions may cover any time period and all “borderland zones” between Europe and the East (primarily between the Habsburg and Ottoman empires, but including other imperial frontiers, i.e. Russian/Caucasian, as well.) We prefer that authors include some consideration of the term “frontier orientalism” as it has been developed in the articles below, or elsewhere.

We invite authors to send an abstract of around 250 words to the editors (both addresses above) by May 31, 2017. Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their abstracts by the end of June and final papers will be due by October 15, 2017.

Read more about the call here

 

International conference in Bratislava: Johan Huizinga and Central/East-Central Europe

huizingaInternational conference organized by Institute of World Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Goethe Institut Bratislava, Ambassade van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden in Slowakije.

WHEN: Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November 2016
WHERE: Goethe Institut, Panenská 33, Bratislava
LANGUAGES: German and English

 

 

PROGRAMME OF THE CONFERENCE

24th November 2016 (Thursday)
9.30 Opening by Richard van Rijssen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Slovakia
9.45 Anton van der Lem (Leiden): Johan Huizinga and Europe
10.15 Wessel Krul (Groningen): Johan Huizinga on historical change
10.45 Annette Wunschel (Wien/Berlin): Mitteleuropa im Briefwechsel von J. Huizinga
Discussion, lunch
13.30 Thomas Macho (Wien): Huizingas Wien
14.00 Christian Krumm (Duisburg-Essen): Too close to be wrong. Too different to be accepted – Johan Huizinga and German science illustrated by the example of Oswald Spengler
Discussion, coffee break
15.00 Willem Otterspeer (Leiden): Johan Huizinga and Leo Spitzer: the notion of Stimmung revisited
15.30 Ivan Gerát (Bratislava): Johan Huizinga and Max Dvořák – key concepts of image interpretation around 1918

25th November 2016 (Friday)
9.30 Geertjan de Vugt (Amsterdam): Ludic warfare: Huizinga’s Auseinandersetzung with Carl Schmitt
10.00 Léon Hanssen (Tilburg): Johan Huizinga and Georg Lukács
Discussion
11.00 Olga Sidorova (Ekaterinburg): Johan Huizinga and Yuri Lotman: typological convergence of ideas and approaches
11.30 Halina Mielicka-Pawłowska (Kielce): Entertainment in communist and postcommunist Poland
Discussion, lunch
13.30 Tamás Balogh (Budapest): “Cséˮ about “Eˮ
14.00 Wilken Engelbrecht (Olomouc): Johan Huizinga in Czechia
14.30 Adam Bžoch (Bratislava): Johan Huizinga in Slovakia
Discussion and closing statement

Huizinga Conference Programme (pdf)

New Volume of the World Literature Studies

2 Vol. 8 (25) 2016
Magic Realism in Central European Literatures
JUDIT GÖRÖZDI – RADOSLAV PASSIA
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This issue maps possible filiations between magical realism and central European literatures. The authors of the issue focus predominantly on Slovak but also Hungarian, Czech, and Romanian literature. They try to encompass several sources of “magic realism” in the central European cultural milieu. Individual articles show that in addition to the influence of significant works of world literature classified within magic realism, local inspirations and own narrative traditions play an important role in the domestication of magic-realism strategies. It can thus be claimed that several original authorial, national or “areal” models of magic-realistic narratives have emerged in central Europe.

 

Call for Contribution for thematic issue: Magic Realism in Central European Literatures

Magic realism in literature is perceived as a movement, tendency or type of modern fiction of Latin American origin. Scholarly reflection of this complex phenomenon, variously represented in individual national literatures, agrees that it merges two ways of seeing and  depicting, two systems of representation: Enlightenment-rational („realist“) and supernatural-mythical („magic“).

This thematic issue of the journal WLS proposes to map possible affiliations with magic realism in Central European literatures. We are interested in scholarly recognition of the appropriation of significant works of world literature and in analyses of inspirations that rediscovered the „magical“ in narrative traditions of own literature, or induced the formation of idiosyncratic authorial, national or „area“ models of magic-realist narration.

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