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Postkolonialny transfer na Europę Środkowo-Wschodnią
Post-colonial Transfer to Central/Eastern Europe

Author(s): Dorota Kołodziejczyk
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Postcolonializm; Central and Eastern Europe; Contemporary Polish Culture

Summary/Abstract: Considering the reasons of long-termed absence of the issues of Central and Eastern-European countries in the area of post-colonial studies’ interest, the author argues against the view, generally assumed among Polish scholars, that this situation is owed to Marxist sympathies of post-colonial critics. The very necessity of defining the region using post-colonial categories is called into question. The attainments of post-colonial studies had better be made use of in describing the condition of CEE countries – in a historical and contemporary view alike – in a critical fashion and with the awareness that there occurs a peculiar two-way translation process. Afterthought on a post-dependence condition of Central/Eastern Europe may offer valuable contribution to the comparative potential of post-colonial studies. Having critically analysed the post-colonial discourse (in specific, its strategic ambivalence in such key questions as liberty-oriented strivings) and reviewed the applications of the post-colonial theory in Poland, the author outlines a trajectory of post-colonial transfer to Central-and-Eastern Europe, with the resulting prospect emerging for post-dependence studies in relation to global comparative studies projects.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 22-39
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish