»Truth« and Fiction

Conspiracy Theories in Eastern European Culture and Literature

Several of the most prolific and influential conspiracy theories have originated in Eastern Europe. The far reaching influence of conspiracy narratives can be observed in recent developments in Poland or with regard to the wars waged in Eastern Ukraine and in former Yugoslavia. This volume analyses the history behind this widespread phenomenon as well the role it has played in Eastern European cultures and literature both past and present.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Contents

    Seiten 5 - 8
  3. Introduction

    Seiten 9 - 18

    Conspiracy Theories, Discourse Analysis and Narratology

    Seiten 19 - 34
  5. The News and What Is Behind It: Social Disorder and Conspirational Reading in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

    Seiten 35 - 60
  6. Be on the Lookout! Soviet Conspiracy Drama of the 1920s and 1930s

    Seiten 61 - 86
  7. Alternative Constructions of Reality in Maksim Kurochkin's Play Medea Type Fighter

    Seiten 87 - 98
  8. "Thinking Spiritually" about the Last Tsar's Murder: Religious Discourse and Conspiracy Theories in Late Soviet Russia

    Seiten 99 - 116
  9. Alternative Healing Practices, Conspiracy Theory, and Social Trust in Post-Soviet Russia

    Seiten 117 - 130
  10. The Dulles Plan for Russia: Conspiracy Theories and Moral Panics in Post-Soviet Societies

    Seiten 131 - 144
  11. Conspiracy Theory and Neoconservative PR Strategies in the 2000−2010s: The Case of Aleksandr Prokhanov

    Seiten 145 - 168
  12. Plots against Russia: Conspiracy, Sincerity, and Propaganda

    Seiten 169 - 184
  13. Odessa 2014: Alternative News and Atrocity Narratives on Russian TV

    Seiten 185 - 210

    After the Final Full-Stop: Conspiracy Theories vs. Aesthetic Response in Miloš Urban's Poslední tečka za rukopisy (The Final Full-Stop after the Manuscripts)

    Seiten 211 - 228
  15. Trauma, Conspiracy, Memento: Representations of the Munich Crisis in Czech Cinema

    Seiten 229 - 242
  16. POLAND

    Treason and Conspiracy at the Polish-Ukrainian Border—Sava Chalyi/Sawa Czały

    Seiten 243 - 260
  17. Norwid's Critique of Conspiratorial Reason

    Seiten 261 - 278
  18. Truth under Attack, or the Construction of Conspiratorial Discourses after the Smolensk Plane Crash

    Seiten 279 - 300
  19. Wallenrodian Conspiracy Revisited Twice and Not Quite: Marcin Wolski's Wallenrod and Szczepan Twardoch's Wieczny Grunwald

    Seiten 301 - 312

    "The Conspiracy, or the Roots of the Disintegration of European Society." Danilo Kiš's Fictionalization of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

    Seiten 313 - 332
  21. Spying on the Balkan Spy. Paranoia and Conspiracy in the Works of Dušan Kovačević

    Seiten 333 - 356
  22. Books and Leeches: Conspiracy Theory in Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Literatures

    Seiten 357 - 376
  23. Contributors

    Seiten 377 - 384
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3 August 2020, 384 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4650-4

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Peter Deutschmann

Peter Deutschmann, Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg, Österreich

Jens Herlth

Jens Herlth, Université de Fribourg, Schweiz

Alois Woldan

Alois Woldan, Universität Wien, Österreich

Book title
»Truth« and Fiction Conspiracy Theories in Eastern European Culture and Literature
transcript Verlag
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 1 SW-Abbildung, 8 Farbabbildungen
Commodity Group
LIT004110 HIS054000 LIT000000
Release date
3 August 2020
Kulturgeschichte, Literatur
Cultural History, Sociology, Literary Studies, Slavic Studies, Media Studies
Conspiracy Theory, Eastern Europe, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Literature, Cultural History, Slavic Studies, General Literature Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies

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