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Modernism: Representations of National Culture

Ahmet Ersoy
Maciej Górny
Vangelis Kechriotis

Editorial note

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1The collective work on the third “meta-theme” of the series Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1770–1945): Texts and Commentaries proved to be, as is usually the case with issues of identity, a complex and open-ended endeavor. In the course of collating and editing the texts of the intended volume, the multiplicity and heterogeneity in the regional formulations of Modernism manifested itself in such a way that the magnitude of the final product exceeded the initial estimates of the editorial board. This practical constraint made it necessary to sub-divide the volume into two parts, without compromising its thematic structure. Consequently, the logic of the internal division is neither regional nor chronological. It proposes a critical investigation of two parallel and highly interconnected themes: state-centered formulations of national ideologies, on the one hand, and the philosophical and literary attempts to define national essences, national cultures and regional identities on the other. As such, the present sub-volume, concentrating on the latter theme, offers a broader insight on the diverging paths of modernity when considered alongside its other half. In the end, both parts attempt to illustrate the unprecedented and transformative role of Modernism in Central and Southeast Europe by investigating the different manifestations and regional redefinitions of the very concept of modernity.

© Central European University Press, 2010

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