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Central Europe as a Place where Literature and History Intertwine

Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
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  • Srednja Europa
  • Književnost
  • Povijest
  • Pisac Intelektualac
  • Central Europe
  • Literature
  • History
  • Writer-Intellectual
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature


The paper states that Central Europe is an exceptionally unstable entity, the only stable determinant of which is – for the paradox itself to be even greater – its tumultuous and troubled history, determined by foreign power from the very beginning. In this context, the specific Central European literary discourse, the topic of which being history thus imposed, is analysed, in addition to tackling the relationship between creating literary work and writing history. The main protagonists of the literary production are writer-intellectuals, whose opuses witness the intertwinement between the authors’ writer and historian roles.

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