Eastern/Central European Comics

Authored by: José Alaniz

The Routledge Companion to Comics

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415729000
eBook ISBN: 9781315851334
Adobe ISBN: 9781317915386

10.4324/9781315851334.ch11

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Abstract

Central Europe, Mitteleuropa, “New Europe”—the region commonly referred to today as Eastern-Central Europe—has gone by many names, all of which show a geopolitical bias. For example, even a generation after the dissolution of the Soviet bloc, the film scholar and editor Ewa Mazierska defended her journal’s title Studies in Eastern European Cinema for the term’s resonance with the former “Eastern bloc” (known as such during the Cold War) and its reminder of Poland, Czechoslovakia, and other countries’ “previous, largely enforced cohabitation” (Mazierska 2010: 9). Similarly, scholars such as Tomasz Kamusella associate the territory with the loss of empires in 1918 and the rise of totalitarianism in 1938–1948 (Kamusella 2012). But should past oppression solely or even primarily define contemporary free nations, many of whose citizens don’t feel particularly “oppressed” at all?

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