Echo. Echo: Postsoviet Cosmopolis
The special »Echo. Echo: Postsoviet Cosmopolis« deals with the aesthetics and discourses of postsoviet literatures. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, a new literature has emerged, one which develops across borders in transnational contexts and is historically rooted at the same time. What legacy has the Soviet cultural and linguistic policy left behind? How does this literature engage with capitalist and socialist values? What is the role of multilingual literatures and translingual poetics within the postsoviet literary space? How do authors respond to past forms of domination in their texts and what new utopias do they imagine? And how did they react to the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine? Beyond the long shadow of a still-present Cold War scheme of interpretation that applies a single term to the multiformity of postsoviet cultures, a new postsoviet cosmopolitanism seeks other narratives. It finds community between languages and freedom in new political orders.
Echo. Echo is a series of events planned over several years in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective" and the international literature festival berlin, in which literature is understood as a multi-voiced, diverse echo chamber. What voices – other than that of the author – can be heard in a poem, a novel or a text fragment? What echoes of voices, textual traditions and narrative forms is it possible to discern in the works under consideration? In readings and conversations, the series explores the resonance between past and contemporary literatures and holds discussions with authors about the echoes in their texts.