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ebr8 east euro pomo, winter 98-99
Ceausescu meet Mickey


"In America, postmodernism is all about turning the Nietzschean 'prisonhouse of language' into the Disneyfied playhouse of language, whereas in Eastern Europe everything's become a 'playhouse of (hi)stories': serious issues of repression, dictatorship, and manipulation are being laughed at, played with, and travestied, while national histories are being told, retold, lied about, and twisted into pomo plots and discourses." >--- introduction

ebr8 east/euro/pomo
(part i of Internet Nation)

At the Moment I Became a Global Dictator
A media parable by Novica Milic

The Rose of Wandering
Dragica Felja on the Peripatetic Poetry of Miroslav Mandic

Becoming Postmodern: A Romanian Literature Survey
Florin Popescu introduces Western readers to a national literature whose modern humor and archaic spirituality affront postmodern sensibilities

When Romanticism is no Longer the National Avante-Garde
Piotr Parlej surveys contemporary Polish poetry

The Russian Gate To Postmodernism: Mikhail Bulgakov
Vana Goblot reconsiders the Russian Master

Miloš Crnjanski and his descendents
Poet Nina Zivancevic translates and comments on poetry by the founder ofModernism in Yugoslav literature

Cover to Cover
Paratextual Play in Milorad Pavic's Dictionary of the Khazars

Ivan Callus skims the surface of Pavic's print hypertext

Alice's Adventures in Sanctionland
Vladislava Gordic writes to a friend in London

ebr8 reVIEWs on east/euro/pomo

Svetozar Postic, on why his contemporaries in Serbia don't write like Hemingway


ebr cluster on narrative
>--- ebr5 (electro)poetics

The Revolution of an Anachronism:
Radical Hypertextualism in a Text byRenaud Camus

Jan Baetens re-reads a print hypertext by France's leading gay author, whosework loses something in the actual translation into electronic hypertext

Slash and Burn
Harold Jaffe offers a narrative model for the millenium

Reviewing the Reviewers of Literary Hypertexts
Thomas Swiss unravels Laura Miller's arguments in the New York Times Book Review and finds news of hypertext's demise premature - as was Robert Coover's call for the end of books five years ago in the same journal

Fucked by the Master's Plot
(>--woven into ebr9) H. Kassia Fleisher finds more than coincidence between plot-writing software, reader expectation, the knee-jerk of traditional story, literary production, Joan Collins's trial over her first novel, pleasure and gratification, hypertexual vertigo, and Disney's corporate city, Celebration®

ebr8 reVIEWs of general interest

Geoffrey Winthrop-Young gets inside De Landa's total history; Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds follows the narrative line of Pynchon's Mason & Dixon as it bifurcates and spreads over the globe and across two centuries; Stacey Levine on the occasion of Dalkey Archive's reprinting of The Age of Wire and String and publication of a new work by Marcus, Notable American Women;Nikki Dillon reviews No Lease on Life; Walton Muyumba on Scott DeVeaux, Ingrid Monson, and the writing of jazz history; Harold Fromm reviews three new booksof eco-criticism; Douglas Nufer on big business's buy-out of history and the corporate biography's elevation to an art-form untroubled by irony. retroREview: John Mathias reflects on Humphrey Carpenter's Biography of 1988, in light of recent findings.





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