>Subject: CFP: Transatlantic Encounters (3/1/07; collection)
>From: "Letitia Guran" <[log in to unmask]>
>Transatlantic Encounters: Representations of East Central Europe after
>Communism in Literature and the Media
>We are searching submissions for a book project tentatively entitled
>ýTransatlantic Encounters: Representations of East Central Europe after
>Communism in Literature and the Media.ţ This edited collection of articles
>would like to consider the literary and media productions that reflect and
>analyze the consequences of the explosive interaction between the
>reminenscens of communist ideological mindset and the demands of the
>incipient capitalist economy in former communist European countries from a
>double perspective: American and East Central European.
>Essays should address the concerns of the volume as outlined below:
>Our project started from the premise that former East Central European
>cultures are confronted with emerging and still uncharted social and
>political phenomena, which now, more than ever are in need of a pertinent
>idiom and relevant theoretical configurations to translate them to the
>rest of the world.
>As such our collection seeks to analyze the fictional and documentary
>literature and films that focus on the post-1989 transatlantic encounters
>of both ╚migr╚s and American observers with a free Eastern Europe.
>Conversely, we would like to survey the impact of the interactions between
>the East Central European and the United States cultural model, and the
>reactions of East Central Europeans to their own emerging societal
>paradigm in the wake of a rather abrupt transition to a golbalized market
>This book aims to analyze and conceptualize the theoretical and historical
>context of the post-1989 functions of literary and media discourses within
>the new order of former Eastern European societies, whose dynamic is
>shaped by the demands of democratic capitalism, the downfalls of latent
>third-world corruption, and the self-image emerging from a belated
>As transatlantic political, economic, scholarly, and artistic interactions
>and encounters have played a crucial role in shaping the emergent image of
>ex-communist Europe, but also in fortifying some lasting stereotypes, we
>are mostly interested in submissions that survey literary works and films
>capturing the results of such encounters.
>At this point, the volume is tentatively structured on the following
>´Remaining relevant after Communism: The New Relationship between
>Literature, the Media, and Society
>´ American Őmigr╚s Perceptions of Eastern Europe Before and After 1989
>´ Second Generation Transatlantic Encounters
>´ Eastern Europe Through the American Gaze
>´ Self Perceptions of Eastern Europe after 1989.
>We would like our contributors to consider theoretical and contextual
>readings of East Central European phenomena along current theories of the
>sublatern, postcolonialism, alternative modernities, and globalization.
>Also we encourage contributions from all former communist countries, in
>the hope that such an approach would do justice to the complex cultural
>and social landscape that is former Eastern europe today.
>Please submit 500-word abstracts or 20 double-spaced page papers to
>Letitia Guran and Anca L. Holden at [log in to unmask];
>[log in to unmask] by March 1, 2007.
>Letitia Guran, Ph.D.
>418 Ryland Hall
>University of Richmond
>Richmond, VA, 23173
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