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German-language culture and the Slav stranger within

Beasley-Murray, T.; (2006) German-language culture and the Slav stranger within. Central Europe , 4 (2) 131-145(15). 10.1179/174582106x147365. Green open access


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The aim of this article is to delineate the symbolic position of the Slavonic, and in particular the Czech, in German-language Austrian culture of the period 1890–1940. My approach will be informed by psychoanalysis. A subsidiary aim is to try to demonstrate uses of psychoanalysis in the study of central European culture. What is at issue here is an historical set of social power relations that find their expression in culture, that is to say, in art and literature, and that can be interpreted by psychoanalysis. All too often psychoanalysis avoids the social and the political outside the framework of the individual and her or his predictable traumas emanating from domestic life.1 This article, however, constitutes an exercise in inter- and intra-cultural psychoanalysis: intra-cultural as an investigation of psychoanalytic dynamics within German-language culture; inter-cultural as an examination of the relationship between German-language and Slav cultures in psychoanalytic terms.

Type: Article
Title: German-language culture and the Slav stranger within
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1179/174582106x147365
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/174582106x147365
Language: English
Additional information: Published by Maney Publishing
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/12891
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