The essays in this two-volume anthology provide the reader with an overview of current Czech, Polish and Hungarian research in language, literature and meaning as well as some new perspectives on the major theoretical contributions of Roman Ingarden, Georg Lukacs and Jan Mukarovsky. For the most part, the emphasis is on Poetics and Literary Theory; however, in some of the essays the focus shifts to such related disciplines as Aesthetics, Linguistics and Semiotics. The heterogeneity of this collection reflects the broad spectrum of interests and approaches to problems of theory being pursued at present in Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Much of the work being done in these countries remains relatively unknown outside of Eastern Europe. This anthology is an attempt to rectify this situation and make better known the nature and extent of research which promises new insights into a whole range of phenomena in language, literature and culture.
1. Preface; 2. In Memoriam; 3. The Literary Work as Sign (by Cervenka, Miroslav); 4. The Individual Style and the Problem of Meaning of the Literary Work (by Jankovic, Milan); 5. Communication Aspect in Slovak Literary Scholarship (by Popovic, Anton); 6. The Programme of the Text (by Miko, Frantisek); 7. Conceptions for a Theory of Literary Production (by Zolkiewski, Stefan); 8. The Undetermined Problem of Basic Genology (by Skwarczynska, Stefania); 9. Approaches to the Text in Hungary (by Petofi, Janos Sander); 10. Linguistic Theories and the Present State of Hungarian Stylistics (by Gendler Szabo, Zoltan); 11. Semiotics and Donald Duck: Concerning the Maintenance Routines of Human Semiotic Systems (by Hankiss, Elemer); 12. Directions in Hungarian Metric Research (by Kecskes, Andras); 13. One of the Basic Concepts of Research in Historical Poetics in Hungary: Repetition (by Szegedy-Maszak, Mihaly); 14. Der heutige Stand der Kulturtheorie, der Literatur- und Kunstwissenschaft in Ungarn (by Szerdahelyi, Istvan); 15. Bibliographie zum Tschechischen und Slovakischen Literatur-wissenschaftlichen Strukturalismus (by Sedmidubsky, Milos); 16. Bibliographie zur Polnischen Literaturwissenschaft. Literarische Kommunikation. Literatursoziologie: Phanomenologie der Literatur (by Kroll, Walter)