Cold War Books in the Other Europe and What Came After by Jiina mejkalová

By Jiina mejkalová

Drawing on analyses of the socio-cultural context of East and crucial Europe, with a distinct concentrate on the Czech cultural dynamics of the chilly warfare and its aftermath, this ebook bargains a examine of the making and breaking of the centrally-controlled procedure of ebook construction and reception. It explores the social, fabric and symbolic copy of the published textual content, in either respectable and substitute spheres, and styles of dissemination and studying. development on archival study, statistical info, media analyses, and in-depth interviews with the members of the post-1989 de-centralization and privatization of the publication global, it revisits the verified notions of 'censorship' and 'revolution' with the intention to discover people's performances that contributed to either the replica and erosion of the 'old regime'.

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49 what do we know about (totalitarian) books? 37 Nonetheless, the early key works of the ‘godfathers’ – and this cannot be overlooked – were also produced and situated in the context of the first decade of the Cold War. e. the experimental attempt to install an egalitarian and classless society and culture. 51 There is no point diving any deeper into the issue of the relationship between Marxism and literature, culture, and books, as this had been done quite thoroughly in countless more focused and competent accounts.

Despite the many edited collections of the texts by “the classics on arts and literature” produced in most former socialist countries, it was hard to hide the fact that, at least in Marx’s own work, the amount of attention devoted to art and literature, compared to other fields, was very limited in terms of pages and the sharpness of analytical insight. Although Marx’s own statement about having learned more about the principles of capitalist production from reading Balzac than from the texts of classical political economy is by now a cliché, it is a succinct indication of his general attitude to the entire sphere of art and culture: literature (the text) is not out there for itself; it always serves some extra-literary purpose, by acting as a depository of positive knowledge about or at least as an illustration of a certain social phenomenon.

D. Altick (1967), 52. what do we know about (totalitarian) books? 35 reading public, which stemmed from rising income levels, the expansion of the middle and lower-middle classes, and overall changes in society and the economy. But Williams argues that the high literacy rates and large numbers of titles published do not necessarily signify widespread, regular readership. 42 Not even government intervention, such as the 1870 Education Act, generated any massive increase in literacy, with the highest rates remaining mainly among the urban male population.

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