By Jiina mejkalová
Drawing on analyses of the socio-cultural context of East and significant Europe, with a distinct concentrate on the Czech cultural dynamics of the chilly conflict and its aftermath, this publication deals a learn of the making and breaking of the centrally-controlled approach of ebook creation and reception. It explores the social, fabric and symbolic copy of the published textual content, in either legitimate and replacement spheres, and styles of dissemination and examining. construction on archival learn, statistical info, media analyses, and in-depth interviews with the individuals of the post-1989 de-centralization and privatization of the publication international, it revisits the confirmed notions of 'censorship' and 'revolution' with a view to discover people's performances that contributed to either the replica and erosion of the 'old regime'.
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16 The reader as a category originally emerged in an attempt to name, examine, and highlight the reception aspect in the process of textual communication. This category gradually became methodologically isolated and viewed as a category that to a large extent operates independently of the text’s semantic potential, not to mention independently of the author’s original intentions. The category of the reader is then closely linked to the issue of literacy, which has attracted the attention of practitioners as well as theorists mainly owing to the key role it was assigned in the process of the ‘acculturation’ of modern (Western) society.
David Craig (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1975), 267–269. 55 R. Wellek (1973), 107. 56 R. Wellek (1973), Footnote 27, 287–288. Wellek refers, for example, to Engels’s letter to Starkenburg on 25 January 1894 and to Joseph Bloch on 21 September 1890. In Selected Works [of] Karl Marx and Frederick Engels (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1968), 391, 383, 390. 40 chapter one The ‘softer’ discourses that characterise both Engels’s and Marx’s writings on arts and culture contrast sharply with the aggressive revolutionary rhetoric of a tendency-driven culture, which eventually dominated the statements of the hard-core communist Marxist-led cultural authorities and were backed up with regulatory interventions, especially during the first decade of the Cold War.
Only basic estimates can be made about genres and (to some extent recorded) commercial areas by hypothetically calculating the number of titles there are in particular publication categories and then 3 Robert Escarpit, The Book Revolution (Paris: UNESCO, 1966). See also UNESCO Institute of Statistics, Culture & Communication, Book Production. ID=5096_201&ID2=DO_TOPIC, (accessed 25 May 2006). what do we know about (totalitarian) books? 25 multiply them by the number of estimated print runs. In other words, the construction of knowledge about books and related issues, such as reading and literacy, is and has always been a complicated endeavour.
Cold War Books in the Other Europe and What Came After by Jiina mejkalová