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The editors of the bi-annual journal "Porównania"

would like to announce the call for papers for the issue 2(23)/2018 entitled

Artistic mythologies in Central and Eastern Europe after World War II

The end of World War II significantly changed the character of the literary life in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and made the authors revise the previously assumed attitudes and artistic mythologies. The new reality forced the authors to adopt various literary and artistic strategies which were visible in different forms also later and continue to be so even at present. The myth of the writer or even, in broader terms, the artist, assumed the shape of a post-romantic concept of the leader-prophet and was realised by means of the ethos of the intelligentsia and other duty-based models. It promoted outsiderism and finally clashed with the post-transformational feeling of devaluation but also joy from the discovery of new roles for authors in the approaching boom of mass culture. Central and Eastern Europe is an area in which the transformation of the artistic myth is particularly dynamic and results in the birth of interesting examples of literary auto-creations. It is one of the most important topics of local literature (e.g. Witold Gombrowicz, Czesław Miłosz, Jerzy Andrzejewski, Milan Kundera, Dominik Tatarka, Sandor Márai, Wieniedikt Jerofiejew, Wasyl Stus), a topic of many debates and a wealth of anecdotes from the literary life. Currently, social media play an enormous role in the process of shaping the artistic mythology (and promoting the literature itself).

The topics of our interest can be narrowed down to the following:

  1. The ethos of the intelligentsia versus the model of the artist derived from the 19th and 20th century bohemianism.

  2. Prosocial, oppositional, dissident and emigrational models and the model of the artist focused on writing techniques.

  3. Post-tranformational changes in literary paradigms in particular: the influence of the free market on the place of the writer in the society; new, local and borrowed artistic myths, shaping the images of writers in the new media.

  4. Scandal, profanity, provocation, penalisation, celebritism and other (non-)new ways of (de)mythologising the person and work of an artist.

  5. Contemporary "cursed artists", posthumous returns and sudden downfalls of myths.

The issue is scheduled for publication at the beginning of 2019. The deadline for abstract submission is 30 April 2018. Full text submission deadline is 30 September 2018. Please submit your paper to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The papers should not exceed 15 computer pages. Guidelines for paper submissions can be found at the following webpage