Crossing Central Europe: Continuities and Transformations, 1900 and 2000

Edited by Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei

© 2017

Crossing Central Europe is a pioneering volume that focuses on the complex networks of transcultural interrelations in Central Europe from 1900 to 2000. Scholars from Canada, the United States, and Europe identify the motifs, topics, and ways of artistic creation that define this cross-cultural region. This interdisciplinary volume is divided into two historical periods and includes analyses of literature, film, music, architecture, and media. By focusing first on the interrelations in the nineteenth and early twentieth-century, the contributors reveal a complex trans-ethnic network at play that disseminated aesthetic ideals. This network continued to be a force of aesthetic influence leading into the twenty-first century despite globalization and the influence of mass media.

Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei have embarked on a study of the overlapping artistic influences that have outlasted both the National Socialist regime and the Cold War.

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Crossing Central Europe is a pioneering volume that focuses on the complex networks of transcultural interrelations in Central Europe from 1900 to 2000.

Crossing Central Europe: Continuities and Transformations, 1900 and 2000

Edited by Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei

© 2017

Crossing Central Europe is a pioneering volume that focuses on the complex networks of transcultural interrelations in Central Europe from 1900 to 2000. Scholars from Canada, the United States, and Europe identify the motifs, topics, and ways of artistic creation that define this cross-cultural region. This interdisciplinary volume is divided into two historical periods and includes analyses of literature, film, music, architecture, and media. By focusing first on the interrelations in the nineteenth and early twentieth-century, the contributors reveal a complex trans-ethnic network at play that disseminated aesthetic ideals. This network continued to be a force of aesthetic influence leading into the twenty-first century despite globalization and the influence of mass media.

Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei have embarked on a study of the overlapping artistic influences that have outlasted both the National Socialist regime and the Cold War.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "Crossing Central Europe moves Austrian Studies into Central European Studies by credibly crossing boundaries of nation, language, genre, and discipline. It is a serious advance, and an invitation to other scholars to formulate their theses and hypotheses in terms of transnational and post national forces. This collection is exciting and inspiring."


    Geoffrey C. Howes, College of Arts and Sciences, Bowling Green State University
  • Author Information

    Helga Mitterbauer is a professor of German literature and holds the Chaire de litérature allemande at the Université libre de Bruxelles.



    Carrie Smith-Prei is an associate professor of German Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Crossings and Encounters
    Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei

    Part One: 1900

    1. Beyond Aesthetic Boarders: Theory—Media—Case Study
    Helga Mitterbauer

    2. The Aesthetics of Change: Women Writers of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy
    Agatha Schwartz and Helga Thorson

    3. Border, Trans-Border, and Unification—Music and Its Divergent Roles in the Nineteenth-Century Habsburg Territories
    Gregor Kokorz

    4. History without End(s): The Aesthetics and Politics of the Reading Play
    Imre Szeman

    5. Kitchen Stories: Literary and Architectural Reflections on Modern Kitchens in Central Europe
    Sarah McGaughey

    Part Two: 2000

    6. Spaces of Unhomeliness: Re-Reading Post-Imperial Urban Heterotopias in East Central Europe
    Irene Sywenky

    7. Interdependences: Migration, (Trans-)Cultural Codes and the Writing of Central Europe in Texts by Doron Rabinovici, Julya Rabinowich, and Vladimir Vertlib
    Sandra Vlasta

    8. Cultures of Memory, Migration, and Masculinity: Dimitré Dinev’s Engelszungen
    Michael Boehringer

    9. Remixing Central European Culture: The Case of Laibach
    Stefan Simonek

    10. Bottled Messages for Europe’s Future?: The Danube in Contemporary Transnational Cinema
    Matthew D. Miller

    11. Beyond Central Europe: Confluence and the Cosmopolitical Public Intellectual
    Carrie Smith-Prei

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