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Das sozialistische Buch: Multinationale Editionsreihen im europäischen Ostblock frontmatter

Paweł Zajas

Die Welt der Slaven, Volume 68 (2023), Issue 2, Page 326 - 345

The paper analyses the cultural-political conditions of multinational edition series that appeared or were planned in countries of the European Eastern Bloc from the mid-1970s. Attention is drawn to (i) the cultural-political context of the Helsinki Final Act, which gave a decisive impetus to the increased transfer of literature within the Eastern Bloc, (ii) the “Library of Victory” realized in the years 1975–1981, and (iii) the “Library of European Poetry of the Twentieth Century” initiated in 1976. All three aspects are developed using selected text constellations and unpublished archival material and related to general methodological-theoretical problems.


„Politisches mit Moralischem untrennbar verknüpft." Zur Polenpolitik des Merkur (1947–1978) article

Paweł Zajas

Die Welt der Slaven, Volume 66 (2021), Issue 1, Page 082 - 105

“The political and the moral as inextricably linked.” Merkur’s editorial policies on Poland (1947– 1978)

The paper analyses literary transfer of Polish literature to the journal Merkur: Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken. The editorial archives of Merkur for the years 1947–1978 are stored in Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach. This primary source enables an exploration of connections between the selection of literary translations and West German debates on the relationships between politics and literature. The analysis of the archival material pertaining to Polish literature is placed in a comparative context. The article proposes a detailed matrix of questions allowing a systematic description of journal poetics based on editorial archives. These include, among others, the selection and composition of individual texts, relationships between the texts proper and paratexts, as well as connections between the general programme of the journal and the structure of individual issues.

The article is written in German.

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