The online essay "Gombrowicz or the sadness of form" is part of issue no. 2, Fall/Winter 1998 of the University at Albany's literary magazine "Off Course: A Literary Journey". Written by Ricardo Nirenberg, it focuses on the letters of one of the greatest Polish writers - Witold Gombrowicz. Gombrowicz was famed for his sense of the absurd and his constant attacks on form. His diaries and correspondence are especially interesting as well as works such as Ferdydurke, Transatlantic, and Pornography. This essay takes as its focus the often philosophical crisis of form that Gombrowicz experienced. It also discusses the influence that spending over twenty years in Argentina had on the author. The essay features extracts of letters between Gombrowicz and one of his acolytes, Goma (Juan Carlos Gómez), copies of which were given to the author. The essay brings out the ultimate sadness of Gombrowicz, who was tortured by a myriad of personal demons. An excellent site for those interested in Gombrowicz, Polish literature, twentieth century literature, or comparative literature.
The website 'Studies in Slavic Cultures' (SISC) is the homepage of this peer reviewed academic journal for graduate students produced by the Slavic Department and the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The journal annually publishes analytical articles by graduate students who study the verbal, visual, aural, or performative culture in Russia and Eastern Europe. Thematic focuses include gender history and the history of the body. Instructions for submission are posted online, with a style guide included. Full texts of the journal are available online from Volume 1, which appeared in 2000. Each issue covers a single theme, with the call for papers for the next volume appearing on the main page. Articles are in English.
This website dedicated to the sexual revolution of 1968 in Hungary introduces the exhibition "Szabadság a paplan alatt..." (Freedom under the covers) organised in 2008 by the Terrorháza Múzeum in Budapest. The introduction sets the international framework in which the Hungarian situation needs to be placed: the Prague spring; the Vietnam war; the sexual revolution in the West which, as opposed to the communist case, took place over the covers. A chronological list comprises the notable events of 1968 in Hungary and the world. The section with the "data" presents the hard facts of life in communist Hungary with statistics and legislation concerning sexuality, abortion and contraceptives. A very good picture gallery holds images of posters with ads from the era as well as photographs distributed in several categories (fashion, youth lifestyle, everyday life, and official mainstream). Selected newspaper clips from 1968 are also included under various categories: hippies; handyman; home living; cultural life; articles on women and sexuality; and the satirical review "Ludas Matyi." The section on the textual documents has also two categories: the quotations (jokes, discourses, official manifestos) and documents (protocols of the secret police but also lyrics and presentations of the rock bands of that age). This is a very informative site, useful for anyone interested in twentieth century history.