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Eastern Europe Unmapped: Beyond Borders and Peripheries

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Eastern Europe Unmapped

Beyond Borders and Peripheries

Edited by Irene Kacandes and Yuliya Komska

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

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“The volume's big achievement is its ‘unmapped’ thesis…German and East European language/comp lit specialists and adventurous interdisciplinarians will find a lot that is useful in Eastern Europe Unmapped, a smart and eclectic analysis of human geographical landscapes.” • Sehepunkte

“The volume’s big achievement is its ‘unmapped’ thesis. This is perhaps more polemical than the editors envisioned, but the rise of neofascism coupled with pop-geopolitical instrumentalization of identity discourse by the Russo-American global right makes this as relevant as it was in Yugoslavia in the 1990s. German and East European language/comp lit specialists and adventurous interdisciplinarians will find a lot that is useful in Eastern Europe Unmapped, a smart and eclectic analysis of human geographical landscapes.” • Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung

“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 a co-author of Linguistic Disobedience: Restoring Power to Civic Language (Palgrave, 2018). She has recently written about the transatlantic impact and memory of Radio Free Europe in both East and West.

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


List of Maps and Figures

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: Toward 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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