Leonidas Donskis

Yet Another Europe after 1984

Rethinking Milan Kundera and the Idea of Central EuropeRethinking Milan Kundera and the Idea of Central Europe

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    Edité par Leonidas Donskis
    Editeur Rodopi - Brill
    Distributeur Editions de Boccard

    Much of the debates in this book revolves around Milan Kundera and his 1984 essay “The Tragedy of Central Europe.” Kundera wrote his polemical text when the world was pregnant with imminent social and political change, yet that world was still far from realizing that we would enter the last decade of the twentieth century with the Soviet empire and its network of satellite states missing from the political map. Kundera was challenged by Joseph Brodsky and György Konrád for allegedly excluding Russia from the symbolic space of Europe, something the great author deeply believes he never did. To what extent was Kundera right in assuming that, if to exist means to be present in the eyes of those we love, then Central Europe does not exist anymore, just as Western Europe as we knew it has stopped existing? What were the mental, cultural, and intellectual realities that lay beneath or behind his beautiful and graceful metaphors? Are we justified in rehabilitating political optimism at the beginning of the twenty-first century? Are we able to reconcile the divided memories of Eastern or Central Europe and Western Europe regarding what happened to the world in 1968? And where is Central Europe now?

    Contents Editor’s Foreword Zygmunt Bauman: What Is “Central” in Central Europe? George Schöpflin: Central Europe: Kundera, Incompleteness, and Lack of Agency Leonidas Donskis: I Remember, Therefore I Am: Milan Kundera and the Idea of Central Europe Stefan Auer: We Are All Central Europeans Now: A Literary Guide to the Eurozone Crisis Mitja Žagar: Europe, Central Europe, and the Shaping of Collective European and Central European Identities Rudi Rizman: Missing in Democratic Transition: Intellectuals Stefano Bianchini: Central Europe and Interculturality: A New Paradigm for European Union Integration? Ineta Dabašinskiene: European Language Ideologies: Is There a Future for Homogeneity? Aukse Balcytiene: Mass Media, Alternative Spaces, and the Value of Imagination in Contemporary Europe J. D. Mininger: Kundera, Nádas, and the Fiction of Central Europe Krzysztof Czyzewski: Reinventing Central Europe Samuel Abrahám: Central Europe: Myth, Inspiration, or Premonition? Rein Raud: The Gloomiest of Destinies? Intellectuals and Power in East-Central Europe About the Authors Index of Names

    Livre Broché
    Date de parution 2012-07-21
    Nbr Pages Arabes 223
    Collection Value Inquiry Book Series
    ISBN 13 978-90-420-3543-0
    Type Nom