Fiction and Drama in Eastern and Southeastern Europe: Evolution and Experiment in the Postwar Period

Edited by Henrik Birnbaum and Thomas Eekman
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UCLA Slavic Studies no. 1

The papers appearing in this volume were originally presented at an international conference, held at UCLA in the spring of 1978. Covering a wide range of countries, authors, and topics, they focus on the postwar literary evolution of prose and drama in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. In particular, some of the contributors analyze the continuation and variation of established genres, while others comment on novel elements introduced into modern prose. The contributors include scholars from the United States, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe.


Michel Aucouturier: Writer and Text in the Works of Abram Terc;
Ehrhard Bahr; The Literature of Hope: Ernst Bloch's Philosophy and its Impact on the Literature on the German Democratic Republic;
Henrik Birnbaum: On the Poetry of Prose: Land- and Cityscape ‘Defamiliarized' in Doctor Zhivago;
Mariana D. Birnbaum: An Armchair Picaresque: The Texture and Structure of George Konrad's The Case Worker;
Vera Calin: Postwar Developments of the Prewar Tradition in Romanian Prose;
Guy de Mallac: The Voice of the Street in Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago;
Thomas Eekman: Modernist Trends in Contemporary Serbo-Croatian and Slovenian Prose;
Efim Etkind: Mixail Bulgakov, Our Contemporary;
Aleksandar Flaker: Salinger's Model in East European Prose;
George Gibian: Forward Movement Through Backward Glances: Soviet Russian and Czech Fiction (Hrabal, Syomin, Granin);
Michal Glowinski: The Grotesque in Contemporary Polish Literature:
George Gomori: The Myth of the Noble Hooligan: Marek Hlasko;
Michael Heim: Hrabal's Aesthetic of the Powerful Experience;
D. Barton Johnson: A Structural Analysis of Sasha Sokolov's School for Fools: A Paradigmatic Novel;
Vida Taranovski Johnson: Ivo Andric's Kucha na osami (‘The House in a Secluded Place'): Memories and Ghosts of the Writer's Past;
Davor Kapetanic: The Anti-Hero in Contemporary Croatian Fiction: The Case of Antun Šoljan;
Wolfgang Kasack: Vladimir Voinovich and His Undesirable Satires;
Lars Kleberg: Romanticism and Anti-Romanticism: Tradition in the Film and Theater of Andrzej Wajda;
Vladimir Markov: The Plays of Vladimir Kazakov; Predrag Palavestra: Elements of Neutral Temporality and Critical Realism in the Contemporary Serbian Novel;
Vladimir Phillipov: Experimentation in Present-Day Bulgarian Drama: Blaga Dimitrova's Dr. Faustina;
Krystyna Pomorska: The Overcoded World of Solzhenicyn;
Walter Schamschula: Vaclav Havel: Between the Theater of the Absurd and the Engaged Theater;
Mihai Spariosu: Orientalist Fictions in Eliade's Maitreyi;
Halina Stephan: The Changing Protagonist in Soviet Science Fiction;
Rochelle Stone: Romanticism and Postwar Polish Drama: Continuity and Deviation;
Darko Suvin: Brecht's Coriolan, or Stalinism Retracted: The City, the Hero, the City that Does Not Need a Hero;
Tomas Venclova: Echoes of the Theater of the Absurd and of the "Theater of Cruelty" in Contemporary Lithuania (K. Saja, J. Glinskis);
Thomas G. Winner: Mythic and Modern Elements in the Art of Ladislav Fuks: Natalia Mooshaber's Mice.

"... does much to reveal the richness of the East European literary experience." (ISS) "Readers inclined to stray from their own topic will be rewarded with a good sampling of current approaches to Slavic and East European literatures." (Choice)