Over the Wall/After the Fall

Over the Wall/After the Fall : Post-Communist Cultures through an East-West Gaze

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"... a hot subject in today's scholarship... and a groundbreaking project of vital significance to the field of cultural studies at both `western' and `eastern' geographical locations." -Elwira GrossmanOver the Wall/After the Fall maps a new discourse on the evolution of cultural life in Eastern Europe following the end of communism. Departing from traditional binary views of East/West, the contributors to this volume consider the countries and the peoples of the region on their own terms. Drawing on insights from cultural studies, gender theory, and postcolonial studies, this lively collection addresses gender issues and sexual politics, consumerism, high and popular culture, architecture, media, art, and theater. Among the themes of the essays are the Western pop success of Bulgarian folk choirs, the Czechs' reception of Frank Gehry's unconventional building in the center of Prague, bohemians in Lviv, and cryptographic art installations from Bratislava.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 22mm | 521.64g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 31 b&w photos, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253216966
  • 9780253216960

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" ... a hot subject in today's scholarship ... and a groundbreaking project of vital significance to the field of cultural studies at both 'western' and 'eastern' geographical locations." Elwira Grossman
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About Sibelan Forrester

Sibelan Forrester is Associate Professor of Russian at Swarthmore College.Elena Gapova is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at European Humanities University in Minsk.Magdalena J. Zaborowska is Associate Professor in the Program in American Culture and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.
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Table of contents

PrefaceIntroduction: Mapping Postsocialist Cultural Studies Magdalena Zaborowska, Sibelan Forrester, and Elena GapovaPart I. (Re-)Visitations1. How I Found Eastern Europe: Televisual Geography, Travel Sites, and Museum Installations Andaluna Borcila2. The Nation In Between; or, Why Intellectuals Do Things with Words Elena Gapova3. Prenzlauer Berg Connections: The Trajectory of East German Samizdat Culture from Socialism to Capitalism Lisa Whitmore4. Reading Transparent "Constructions of History"; or, Three Passages through (In)Visible Warsaw Magdalena Zaborowska5. Can Prague Learn from L.A.? Frank Gehry's Netherlands National Building in Prague David Houston6. Heteroglossia and Linguistic Neocolonialism: English Teaching in Post-1989 Poland Bill Johnston7. Projections of Desire: Robert D. Kaplan's Balkan Ghosts and the Crisis of Self-Definition Anca RosuPart II. (Re-)Adaptations8. Shifting a Cultural Paradigm: Between the Mystique and the Marketing of Polish Theatre Halina Filipowicz9. "Hurrah, I'm Still Alive!" East German Products Demonstrating East German Identities Rainer Gries10. Cryptographic Art of Bratislava: Configurations of Absence in Postcommunist Installation Art Paul Krainak11. "Move Over Madonna": Gender, Representation, and the "Mystery" of Bulgarian Voices Carol Silverman12. Four Bearings of West for the Lviv Bohema Mark Andryczyk13. "Don't Get Pricked!" Representation and the Politics of Sexuality in the Czech Republic Vera SokolovaAfterword: From Big Brother to Big Burger (And What's the Grand Narrative Got to Do with It?) "Benni Goodman"Selected BibliographyContributorsIndex
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