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The Habsburg Legacy from a Postcolonial and Postimperial Perspective


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Bobinac, Marijan. (2015). The Habsburg Legacy from a Postcolonial and Postimperial Perspective. Umjetnost riječi : Časopis za znanost o književnosti, 59(3-4). pp. 239-260. ISSN 0503 - 1583

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In the discourse on the Habsburg Monarchy, two opposing attitudes prevail. Depending on one’s perspective, which can be nationally exclusive or nostalgic, the Monarchy is perceived either as a “peoples’ dungeon” (Völkerkerker) or “unity in multiplicity” (Einheit in der Vielheit). A group of researchers has recently invested much effort to overcome this discursive gap, by applying a theoretical paradigm called the Habsburg Postcolonial. This theoretical approach relies on Anglo-Saxon postcolonial studies and recent research into Central European cultural phenomena, and analyzes opposing cultural forces in the Danube Monarchy (a multinational state formation of questionable colonial importance), by focusing on: the intertwining of language, culture and politics; images of the self and others; dynamics between the center and periphery; and particularism and universalism. Unlike overseas colonialism, dichotomies such as that of center and periphery do not appear in pure forms in complex empires such as the Habsburg Monarchy, so there is a strong tendency among scholars to use postimperial theories when researching this area. This article is concluded with a short case study that shows how the same historic material—a story about medieval Hungarian nobleman Bánk—was transposed in a variety of (supra)national contexts in the turbulent nineteenth century.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Key words: Habsburg Postcolonial, Central European Studies, Empire Studies, Ban Bánk (József Katona, Franz Grillparzer, Franjo Marković)
Subjects: German language and literature
Departments: Department of German Language and Literature
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 17:55
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2018 17:55

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