Re-thinking Europe

Re-thinking Europe

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Re-Thinking Europe sets out to investigate the place of the idea of Europe in literature and comparative literary studies. The essays in this collection turn to the past, in which Europe became synonymous with a tradition of peace and tolerance beyond national borders, and enter into a critical dialogue with the present, in which Europe has increasingly become associated with a history of oppression and violence. The different essays together demonstrate how the idea of Europe cannot be thought apart from the tension between the regional and the global, between nationalism and pluralism, and can therefore be re-thought as an opportunity for an identity beyond national or ethnic borders. Engaging contemporary discourses on hybrid, postcolonial, and transnational identity, this volume shows how literature can function as both a vital tool to forge new identities and a power subversive of such attempts at identity-formation. Like Europe, it is always marked by the tension between integration and resistance. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of modern literature, comparative literature, and European studies, as well as people concerned with cultural memory and the relation between literature and cultural identity.Questions. and. Answers. The image of Europe as a a#39;networka#39; of literatures calls to mind quite different concepts such as distinct identities ... than, say, the a#39;melting pota#39; metaphor or even the a#39;salad bowla#39; metaphor, since it seems to express more adequately the way they think cultures ideally should talk to each other. Yet, retrospectively, as we all know, the history of Europe has rarely lived up to this ideal.

Title:Re-thinking Europe
Author:Nele Bemong, Mirjam Truwant, Pieter Vermeulen
Publisher:Rodopi - 2008-01-01


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