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New poetics and Russian prose of the early 21st century

Mária Kusá
Ivan Posokhin

Russian prose of the early 21st century, as one of the last refuges for freedom of expression in Putin’s militant Russia, has gone through several poetological and thematological transformations. The studies in this issue, originating from the post-socialist cultural spaces, present a “sideways glance” at the key names and works of this period, reflect changes in literary paradigms, approach traditional categories such as literary space or plot in the framework of existential poetics, (re)interpret ways of presenting one’s own identity and images of the Other, and present the reception of Russian prose in the current wartime circumstances.

Postmemorial sincerity in the writing of Sergei Lebedev and Maria Stepanova
Metamodern urban experience in the anthology of topophilic prose V Pitere zhit’
The symbolization of the fragmented plot structure in Ludmila Ulitskaya’s novels
From Kyiv to Brisbane: Evgenii Vodolazkin’s reflections on spiritual identity in the context
of space
The image of the Other as a reflection of cultural identity (a case study of Russian postmodern prose and dramaturgy)
Transformations in the perception of Russian literature after February 24, 2022
The Central European path to worldliness from the point of view of so-called
small literatures

The full content of the issue with links to the individual texts can be found HERE.

“Literature and Knowledge” in the Context of Literary Interdiscourse Analysis

Roman Mikuláš
Ján Jambor

This issue responds to current key research questions on the literature-science nexus, opening up two basic lines of thinking: how literature transforms the complex contents of scientific knowledge and how distinctively literary modes shape scientific discourse. Conceptually the articles focus on this research through the literary theory of interdiscursivity, that is, the analysis of interdiscourses. One block of articles is devoted to the theoretical, methodological and literary-didactic aspects of interdiscursivity, while the other presents case studies on the work of authors whose poetics are characterized by elements of special scientific discourses.


Od topológií k typológiám a späť: K problematike štruktúrovania korelácií literatúry,
vedy a poznania
Apotheke, Baukasten, Randgang, Exkursion ins Imaginäre: Lexikographien wissenschaftlicher. Begriffe und Theorien als Beiträge zum literarisch-wissenschaftlichen Interdiskurs
The essay and interdiscursivity: Knowledge between singularity and sensus communis
Literarhistorisches Verstehen auf Grundlage der Interdiskursanalyse fördern? Didaktische
Überlegungen zum Text-Kontext-Problem
Cognitive cartographies in Liviu Rebreanu’s “Forest of the Hanged”
Medzi literatúrou a vedou – na materiáli textov Stanislava Rakúsa
Theater und Wissen. Pflanzenphilosophie auf der Bühne
Science fiction, ecology of mind and the uncanny in “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick

The full content of the issue with links to the individual texts can be found HERE.


Transculturalism and narratives of literary history in East-Central Europe

wls3_2022_obalkaJudit Görözdi
Zoltán Németh
Magdalena Roguska-Németh


This issue explores East-Central European literary and literary historical narratives from the perspective of the phenomena and networks of transculturalism, following the concepts of globalism, heterotopia, extraterritoriality, translocality, deterritorialization and border crossing. By examining the role of transculturalism in the specific literary formations of the region, the articles show the effect of multi- and translingualism as well as cultural hybridity in texts, microliteratures and minority literatures. The aim is to contribute to the development of more diversified approaches in the writing of national literary history in East-Central Europe.

You can read the editorial HERE.


Transculturality in literature: A phenomenon as old as it is current
On the concept of world literature
The problems with delimiting the notion of transculturality in literary studies
Transculturalism in literature as reflected in the works of translingual writers from the Hungarian cultural context
Fiction: heritage, choice, creation
Confluences: On the possibility of describing a transcultural history of (micro)literature – the Upper Silesian perspective
Transculturality in Romanian literary histories: The case of literature from Moldova
The transcultural levels of minority literary history writing: Hungarian literature in Slovakia
The possibilities of a transcultural narrative in 19th-century Central Europe: Ján Chalupka and Gusztáv Szontagh

The full content of the issue with links to the individual texts can be found HERE.

World Literature Studies 2/2022: World Literature from the Perspective of “Small” Literatures

obalka s linkouRóbert Gáfrik
Miloš Zelenka

Over the past few decades, world literature has been conceived of as a canon or a system which texts enter through the “large” literatures written in hegemonic languages such as English. Texts from smaller literatures have to fulfill something extra in order to achieve the status of world literature. This concept presents world literature as a correlate of political and economic power. The current issue presents studies reflecting on the relation of ”small” literatures to world literature, while also raising epistemological and ethical questions.

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World Literature Studies 1/2022: Translation and creativity

WLS1_2022_obalka_orezova linka1This issue takes creativity and translation as its two core topics. The contributions position themselves to these themes in various ways, ranging from addressing creativity in translation on the theoretical level, through the employment of methodologies creatively appropriated from other disciplines and applied to hybrid objects of study, to the inquiries into interactions between humans and technologies and persisting hierarchies of power. The composition of the volume, addressing such topics as dance, troubadour poetry, neural networks or queer perspectives in translation studies, encourages the reader to embrace the cross-pollination of research objects and methodologies.

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World Literature Studies 2/2021: The Location of Utopia

WLS2_2021_obalka_vyrezEditors: Péter Hajdu and Róbert Gáfrik

The geographical and temporal orientation of European and non-European utopias seem to differ in many politico-cultural aspects. The articles collected in this issue demonstrate that national and cultural determination can still be perceived, and they confirm the attention paid to the issues of nationalism, colonialism, or religious imperialism in utopia studies. Moreover, some of the authors show that an interplay between the culture of origin and the local/cultural otherness of the imagined elsewhere allows for an imagological approach to utopias.

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World Literature Studies 1/2021: Posthuman Topics in Literature and Other Arts

WLS1_2021_obalka vyrezEditor: Bogumiła Suwara

Since its emergence as a genre, science fiction has dealt with the concept of human transformation. In various narratives describing the encounter of people with posthumans or aliens, human stereotypes, human nature and the humanistic paradigm itself are exposed to the challenge and critical reflection which posthumanism has introduced and developed within the contemporary humanities. The articles in this issue are focused on identifying transhuman and posthuman themes and motifs in both literary and artistic forms of science fiction (including bioart, film and television series) from a posthumanist perspective.

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World Literature Studies 3/2020: The Language of Transcendent Experience in Phenomenological Literary Interpretation

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Editors: Magda Kučerková, Martin Vašek
This issue is thematically focused on the language of transcendent experience, especially the category of inexpressibility, as it has been captured in the history of European literature by texts with artistic or aesthetic value. The individual studies, in the form of literary interpretation or philosophical reflection, seek to examine the balance between the transcendental experience and the words that capture it. The intellectual impulse behind this reflection, anchored in the dialogue of literary science and phenomenology, is the work of the contemporary French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion, especially the concept of the saturated phenomenon.

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Call for Papers: (Inter)Faces:Thinking the Face in Literature and the Visual Arts

World Literature Studies, Special Issue, vol. 11, no. 4, 2019

Edited by Tomáš Jirsa (Palacký University Olomouc) and Rebecca Rosenberg (King’s College London)

Across cultural history, the face has figured both a site of intimate familiarity and radical unknowability. On the one hand, the face is the most immediate and recognizable marker of identity: an organic surface upon which interiority is projected and displayed. Continue reading Call for Papers: (Inter)Faces:Thinking the Face in Literature and the Visual Arts

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

Editors: Charles Sabatos (, Yeditepe University, Istanbul; Róbert Gáfrik (, 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