Images of Remote Countries in the Literatures of Central and Eastern Europe

World Literature Studies 2/2019


Anton Pokrivčák (anton.pokrivcak@truni.sk), University of Trnava

Miloš Zelenka (zelenka.milos@centrum.cz), University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice – Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra

The research into interliterary relations in Central and Eastern Europe has mostly been focused on the neighbouring countries. Scholarly attention has also been paid to the image of the neighbouring countries, or of significant national minorities. However, in current global world the contacts with remote cultures are becoming more frequent in this region as well, and, therefore, they will be explored in the proposed issue of the Journal in more detail. The criticism of Orientalism and postcolonial studies have brought new views on the depiction of the colonialised cultures of Asia, Africa and Latin America. The aim of the proposed issue will thus be to discuss

1) how remote countries are depicted in the literatures of Central and Eastern Europe,

2) how these countries and cultures are reflected in Central and Eastern European literary critical and cultural discourse,

3) how the ethnic, biological or material “otherness” (not only through stereotypical imagological elements) is portrayed with regard to the “metropolis” x “colony” relation in the postmodern conditions of globalisation of provincialism,

4) in what ways the images of remote countries and cultures change current cultural-political discourse, its semantics and terminology, for example, if it is possible to transfer the imagological concepts historically created in a certain context to a typologically and structurally different cultural area,

5) to what extent in their research, in the Central and Eastern European cultural space, there are productive not only critical approaches prevailing in Western literary theory, i.e. the approaches mainly based on the principles of Orientalism, post(de)colonial studies, cultural studies, deconstruction, comparative imagology, intercontinental comparative studies, and other currently popular approaches, but also more traditional text-based comparative approaches.

The papers are expected to cover literary material ranging from the 19th up to the 21st century. They can include various language areas, i. e. Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanophone, as well as other literatures emerging outside the mainstream Western literatures.

In general, the journal World Literature Studies accepts the following categories of papers:

  • articles (app. 36 000 characters) – original scholarly studies based on primary research
  • materials, discussions (app. 18 000 characters) – summarizing, informative or explicatory texts on current topics and issues in the areas of literary studies and other humanities
  • reviews – we prefer analytical reviews of publications that have a wide understanding of the term world literature, which should be taken into consideration in the review itself (app. 5400 – 9000 characters; informative reviews app. 5400 characters).

Language of papers: English

Please, send your abstract, limited to 1800 characters, to the editors´ e-mail addresses by 30. 10. 2018. Upon the receipt of abstracts, the author(s) will receive e-mail notification regarding the journal´s interest in their publishing by 15. 11. 2018.

The full manuscript submission deadline is 31. 1. 2019.

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