Lost in the Shadow of the Word: Space, Time, and Freedom in Interwar Eastern Europe (Hardback)
  • Lost in the Shadow of the Word: Space, Time, and Freedom in Interwar Eastern Europe (Hardback)
zoom

Lost in the Shadow of the Word: Space, Time, and Freedom in Interwar Eastern Europe (Hardback)

(author)
£102.00
Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 30/05/2017
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Scholars of modernism have long addressed how literature, painting, and music reflected the radical reconceptualization of space and time in the early twentieth century-a veritable revolution in both physics and philosophy that has been characterized as precipitating an "epistemic trauma" around the world. In this wide-ranging study, Benjamin Paloff contends that writers in Central and Eastern Europe felt this impact quite distinctly from their counterparts in Western Europe. For the latter, the destabilization of traditional notions of space and time inspired works that saw in it a new kind of freedom. However, for many Central and Eastern European authors, who were writing from within public discourses about how to construct new social realities, the need for escape met the realization that there was both nowhere to escape to and no stable delineation of what to escape from. In reading the prose and poetry of Czech, Polish, and Russian writers, Paloff imbues the term "Kafkaesque" with a complexity so far missing from our understanding of this moment in literary history.

Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810134140
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 816 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"In this book, Paloff engages with the Western perception of twentieth-century Central and East European literature as distinctive, strange, elusive and 'Kafka-esque'. There is plenty to admire: the author's imaginative, productive juxtaposition of Luk cs and Bakhtin, his apparently equivalent ability to engage with Czech, Polish and Russian literary contexts, his patient, careful close reading of key texts, his readiness to work with both prose and poetry, and his judicious and flexible interweaving of preceding scholarship. This is an honest, rigorous, coherent and bold piece of work, revealing the author to be a reliable judge of his material and what he wants to achieve." --Rajendra Chitnis, author of Literature in Post-Communist Russia and Eastern Europe: The Russian, Czech and Slovak Fiction of the Changes, 1988-1998

..".a work that will provide rich rewards for those ready to grapple with its complexity." --Slavic and East European Journal

You may also be interested in...

A Tale Of Love And Darkness
Added to basket
Ulysses
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Daphne Du Maurier
Added to basket
Birthday Letters
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Like a Fiery Elephant
Added to basket
Essays
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Selected Poems
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Selected Poems
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Jane Austen
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
A Little Learning
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Selected Poems of Sylvia Plath
Added to basket
A Moveable Feast
Added to basket
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
Added to basket
On Writing
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Country Girl
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.