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Eastern Europe Unmapped

Beyond Borders and Peripheries

Edited by Irene Kacandes and Yuliya Komska

304 pages, 6 illus., 16 maps, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-685-0 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2017)

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“This is an exciting collection that appears at a moment when scholars in eastern European studies are exploring new modes of connecting postsocialism and postcoloniality. It makes an original contribution to this emerging subdiscipline, and is highly likely to stimulate new scholarship.” · Catherine Baker, University of Hull

Arguably more than any other region, the area known as Eastern Europe has been defined by its location on the map. Yet its inhabitants, from statesmen to literati and from cultural-economic elites to the poorest emigrants, have consistently forged or fathomed links to distant lands, populations, and intellectual traditions. Through a series of inventive cultural and historical explorations, Eastern Europe Unmapped dispenses with scholars’ long-time preoccupation with national and regional borders, instead raising provocative questions about the area’s non-contiguous—and frequently global or extraterritorial—entanglements.

Irene Kacandes holds The Dartmouth Professorship in German Studies and Comparative Literature.  Her publications include an experimental paramemoir on generational trauma, Daddy’s War (2009), and a reflection on mortality co-authored with Steve Gordon, Let’s Talk about Death: Asking the Questions That Profoundly Change the Way We Live and Die (2015). She edits the “Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies” series for de Gruyter Verlag and was President of the German Studies Association from 2015 to 2016.

Yuliya Komska is Associate Professor of German Studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of The Icon Curtain: The Cold War’s Quiet Border (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and the guest editor of a special radio-themed issue of German Politics and Society (2014). In recent years, she has written about the transatlantic impact and memory of Radio Free Europe and is now completing a book about its visual history entitled Perfect Propaganda: Cold War Radio in the Golden Age of Television, 19501967.

Subject: 20th Century History General Cultural Studies General Geography
Area: Central/Eastern Europe

BISAC: HIS010010 HISTORY/Europe/Eastern; HIS037070 HISTORY/Modern/20th Century; SOC015000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Human Geography

BIC: HBTB Social & cultural history; GTB Regional studies


Introduction: A Discontiguous Eastern Europe
Yuliya Komska


Chapter 1. The ‘Jewish Pope’ in the 1940s: On Jewish Cultural and Ethnic Plasticity
Miriam Udel

Chapter 2. Unmapping Islam in Eastern Europe: Periodization and Muslim Subjectivities in the Balkans
Piro Rexhepi


Chapter 3. Located on the Archipelago: Towards a New Definition of Belarusian Intellectuals
Tatsiana Astrouskaya

Chapter 4. Re-reading Kultura from a Distance
Jessie Labov


Chapter 5. Troubles with History: The Anecdote, History, and the Petty Hero in Central Europe

Daniel Pratt

Chapter 6. The Transnational Matrix of Post-Communist Spaces
Ioana Luca


Chapter 7. Appropriations of the Past: The New Synagogue in Poznań and Olsztyn’s Bet Tahara
Sarah M. Schlachetzki

Chapter 8. Bruno Schulz’s Murals, Oyneg Shabes, and the Migration of Forms: Seventeen Fragments and an Archive
Adam Zachary Newton


Chapter 9. The Balkan Notebooks
Ann Cvetkovich

Chapter 10. A Polish Childhood
Irene Kacandes


Afterword/Afterward: Eastern Europe, Unmapped and Reborn
Vitaly Chernetsky


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