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HCTS Lecture by Magdolna Orosz (Budapest): "(Mittel-)europa« als Erinnerung und Hoffnung"

12. Jul 2018 18:00 Uhr bis 20:00 Uhr
Karl Jaspers Centre, Room 212

(Mittel-)europa« als Erinnerung und Hoffnung. Die Suche nach einer verlorenen Welt bei Stefan Zweig und Sándor Márai

Prof. Magdolna Orosz (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) gives this lecture as part of the HCTS Tandem Fellowship "Conceptions of Mitteleuropa in early 20th century German, Austrian and Hungarian literature," which she holds together with Prof. Barbara Beßlich (Heidelberg University).

The diversity of Europe’s historical and spatial regions leads to manifold classifications by historians, cultural historians, or literary historians with respect to the different aspects of this region. Prof. Barbara Beßlich showed in the first Tandem Fellowship lecture in May, that the concept of »Mitteleuropa« (Middle Europe) is very ambiguous, both from a geographical as well as from a temporal aspect.

Moreover, the term itself can be used in some variations: the term »East-Central Europe«, for example, can often be parallely employed for designating the European area situated between Western and Eastern Europe. As Philipp Ther accentuates, »East-Central Europe« should rather be considered as »a specific designation in the a priori complicated East-Cental European history«, which is why he argues for Moritz Csáky’s concept of »Zentraleuropa« as a cultural historical term, which should replace that of »East-Central Europe« having been a category of political science.

»Central Europe« as an intellectual focus also determines the Œuvre of two writers, i.e. of Stefan Zweig (1881–1942), and of Sándor Márai (1900–1989), both from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and who were mourning about it through their lives in their works. This lecture aims to show some reflections of the notion of »(Central) Europe« coined in the last decades e.g. in cultural studies, and focusses also on some spatial and historical shifts in its interpretation. The analysis of some texts of Zweig and Márai should demonstrate how social, political and cultural phenomena appear in literary works showing the shock and the vanishing hope of European intellectuals in the inter-war period.



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