NATION-FORMATION EX NEGATIVO – LITERARIZED COMMUNITIES OF SUFFERING AFTER THE ECOCIDE

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Clemens Günther

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Clemens Günther, NATION-FORMATION EX NEGATIVO – LITERARIZED COMMUNITIESOF SUFFERING AFTER THE ECOCIDE. “PORÓWNANIA” 1 (24), 2019. Vol. XXIV,P. 95-110. ISSN 1733-165X. The article addresses the possibility of the cultural creation of nationalidentity in the former Soviet republics of Belarus and Kazakhstan which have been affected by ecological catastrophes (Chernobyl and the Aral Sea). In the beginning, it gives an overview on the shifting cultural responses to catastrophes in late Socialism before generally discussing the possibility of giving meaning to catastrophes. In its main analysis, it focuses on Svetlana Aleksievich’s Chernobyl Prayer and Abdizhamil Nurpeissov’s The dying lake and their respective means of giving meaning to time, space and social bonds which have been transformed through the ecocide.

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Günther, C. (2019). NATION-FORMATION EX NEGATIVO – LITERARIZED COMMUNITIES OF SUFFERING AFTER THE ECOCIDE. Porównania, 24(1), 95-110. Retrieved from https://pressto.amu.edu.pl/index.php/p/article/view/22185
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Clemens Günther, Freie Universität Berlin

a research fellow at the Institute for East European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He studied European Ethnology and Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and East European Studies in Berlin and New York (Columbia). He is currently finishing his PhD on Metahistoriographical Fiction in Late- and Post-Soviet Russia. Postcolonial theory (Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan), Soviet literary theory and late Soviet culturalhistory are among his further research interests.

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