Kronstadt/Brașov/Brassó: The multilingualism of this Romanian metropolis is reflected not only in its name but also in the city's literary history. Also, a recurring theme in the works of local writers was the city itself, as a space for encounters and experiences. A research project of the Institute for German Culture and History in South-eastern Europe (IKGS) shows how the political and spatial reorganization after 1918 had a lasting impact on the literary scene in Kronstadt and how this was reflected in and partly shaped by literature.
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Based on different spatial concepts of cultural studies-oriented literary studies, the project aims to explore
Brașov
deu. Kronstadt, deu. Krunen, lat. Corona, deu. Cronstadt, deu. Stephanopolis, ron. Orașul Stalin, hun. Brassó

Brașov is located in the historical region of Transylvania in the center of Romania and is a large city with almost 250,000 inhabitants. Brașov was one of the settlement centers of the Transylvanian Saxons.

 in the first half of the 20th century as a setting for literary life and work. On the other hand, “space” is applied as a category of literary analysis and the project reflects upon the imagined Kronstadt in texts from the turn of the century up until the end of the Second World War. Taking the city's existing ethnic diversity as a starting point – with its multitude of different voices that cannot be found in the dominant national literary histories – the first step will be to examine the local literary scene in Kronstadt. Special attention is also paid to the literary discourses that accompanied the political and spatial reorganization after 1918. The second part of the project is devoted to comparative analyses of selected German, Romanian and Hungarian literary texts.
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