Revolucionáři k sežrání: Proces s Rudolfem Slánským a spol. jako romance

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Title:Revolucionáři k sežrání: Proces s Rudolfem Slánským a spol. jako romance
Creators:
Steiner, Petr
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Literature, 59, 3, pp. 349-374
Uncontrolled Keywords:Slánský Rudolf, narrativity, Marx Karl, romance

Abstract

This article analyzes the show trial of Rudolf Slánský (General Secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party) and his thirteen co‑defendants in late 1952. The author begins with an observation by Karl Marx that historical irony is a product of generic catachresis: a tragic event turns comic when it reoccurs. This obviously raises the question of which genre does a show trial full of confessions belong to? The confessions of Slánský and his alleged co‑conspirators, argues the author, embody the romance genre. They are records of a heroic struggle with false consciousness that the accused had previously yielded to, and culminate in the rediscovery of true class consciousness, bringing to an end their awkward alienation from the history of mankind, as stated in Marx’s master narrative.

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Title:Revolucionáři k sežrání: Proces s Rudolfem Slánským a spol. jako romance
Translated title:Edible Revolutionaries: The Rudolf Slánáský Trial as a Romance
Creators:
Steiner, Petr
Uncontrolled Keywords:Slánský Rudolf, narrativity, Marx Karl, romance
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 9. Section of Humanities and Philology > Institute of Czech Literature > Česká literatura (Czech Literature)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Literature
Volume:59
Number:3
Page Range:pp. 349-374
ISSN:0009-0468
Publisher:Insitute of Czech Literature, of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:7188
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:31 Jul 2012 15:39
Last Modified:31 Jul 2012 13:39

Citation

Steiner, Petr (2011) Revolucionáři k sežrání: Proces s Rudolfem Slánským a spol. jako romance. Czech Literature, 59 (3). pp. 349-374. ISSN 0009-0468

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