This collection traces some of the major patterns of representation of East European women in Western art and culture, drawing careful connections between these philosophical, artistic, and cultural constructions and actual historical, sociopolitical realities. The articles analyze a wide array of forms of representation-narrative, theater, opera, journalism, film, and media-over a period of two centuries, in order to demonstrate that certain stereotypical and simplistic views of East European women have long been perpetuated in the Western world. Furthermore, these essays assert that the treatment of women in a given society is directly linked to the ways in which they are seen and represented in the imagination and artistic constructions of that culture.
Valentina Glajar is assistant professor of German at Texas State University-San Marcos. Domnica Radulescu is professor of French and Italian literatures at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.
Introduction, by Domnica Radulescu and Valentina Glajar La Jeanne d'Arc des Steppes: A Ukrainian Peasant Girl as Heroine of the Third Republic, by Ksenya Kiebuzinski "Half-Asia": Local Women at the European Periphery in German-Language Travel Writings, by Valentina Glajar "A Night with La Draculetta": Designing/Desiring Romanian Diva Angela Gheorghiu, by Piya Pal-Lapinski Clavdia Chauchat: Hans Castorp's Significant Other in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, by Debra Prager Eastern Women in Western Chronotopes: The Representation of East European Women in Western Films after 1989, by Roumiana Deltcheva Portraits of Eastern European Women in Robert Musil's The Confusions of Young Torleb and Bernhard Schlink's The Reader, by Anca Holden Eastern Girls, Western Boys: The Image of the Eastern European Woman in Birthday Girl, by Agnieszka Tuszynska Mad Voices in the Forest: Caryl Churchill's Configurations of Women in Pre-Post Communist Romania, by Ileana Orlich Capturing Chechnya: Representations of Chechen Women by Western Journalists, by Anna Brodsky