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By Violeta Kelertas

Rising from the ruins of the previous Soviet Union, the literature of the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia is analyzed from the fruitful point of view of postcolonialism, a theoretical strategy whose software to former second-world international locations is in its preliminary phases. This groundbreaking quantity brings students operating within the West including those that have been formerly muffled at the back of the Iron Curtain. They gauge the impression of colonization at the tradition of the Baltic states and exhibit the relevance of innovations first elaborated by way of quite a lot of critics from Frantz Fanon to Homi Bhabha. interpreting literary texts and the location of the highbrow unearths Baltic matters with identification and integrity, the rewriting of formerly blotted out or distorted historical past, and a look for that means in societies suffering to set up their position on the earth after a long time - and maybe millennia - of oppression. the amount dips into the past due Tsarist interval, then is going extra deeply into Soviet deportations to the Gulag, whereas the focus is on works of the turning-point within the past due Eighties and Nineteen Nineties. Postcolonial ideas like mimicry, subjectivity and the opposite supply a brand new discourse that yields clean insights into the colonized nations’ tradition and their poignant makes an attempt to struggle, to conform and to outlive. This publication could be of curiosity to literary critics, Baltic students, historians and political scientists of japanese Europe, linguists, anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists, operating within the region of postcommunism and an individual drawn to studying extra approximately those old and colourful cultures.

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17. Early considerations of this rebirth are found in Schöpflin and Wood, 1989. 18. Renan (cf. Anderson, 1991, ch. 11) famously observed that a nation must forget the historical brutalities that produced its present unity (1990, 11). 19. Defoe, 1708, 15. 20. Postcolonial Mikhail Baryshnikov, born in Riga, Latvia, in 1948 of Russian parents (his father was a senior military officer sent there after reannexation) is a notable product of this population. In his sole return (1997) to the former USSR since his 1974 defection, Baryshnikov visited only Riga, and not Moscow or Saint Petersburg.

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5 The question of naming in reference to Baltic cultures is important given the fact that these three nations have been named, renamed and in some ways un-named by occupying powers. It is worth noting that it has become standard practice to apply postcolonial analysis to former colonies in Africa, South America and Asia. And in “first-world” nations such as Australia, Canada and even the United States, postcolonial discourse flourishes in spite of misgivings over the endurance of this branch of scholarship.

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