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What is Europe? Who is European? What do Europe and European identity mean in the twenty-first century? This collection of sixteen essays seeks to answer these questions by focusing on Europe as it is seen through its own eyes and through the eyes of others across a variety of cultural texts, including sport, film, literature, dance, cartography, and fashion. These texts, as interpreted here by emerging researchers as well as well-established scholars, enable us to engage with European identities in the plural and to understand what these identities mean in larger cultural and political contexts.

The interdisciplinary focus of this volume permits an exploration of European identity that reaches beyond the area of European studies to incorporate understandings of identity from the viewpoints of both insider and other. Contributors explore diverse understandings of what it means to be “other” to a country, a culture, a society, or a subgroup. This book offers a fresh perspective on the evolving concept of identity—in the context of Europe’s past, present, and future—and expands on the existing literature by considering the political tensions and social implications of the development of European identity, as well as its literary, artistic, and cultural manifestations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction: Identity, Memory, and Contestation in Europe
  2. David B. MacDonald and Mary-Michelle DeCoste
  3. pp. 1-14
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  1. Section I: Politics, Philosophy, and Sociology
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. 2. French Jewish Identity, 1898–1931: The Story of Edmond Fleg
  2. Sally D. Charnow
  3. pp. 39-54
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  1. 3. The Legal Culture of Civilization: Hegel and His Categorization of Indigenous Americans
  2. William E. Conklin
  3. pp. 55-80
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  1. 4. Retrospective, Myth, and the Colonial Question: Twentieth-Century Europe as the Other in World History
  2. David B. MacDonald
  3. pp. 81-102
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  1. 5. Gender Equality Identity in Europe: The Role of the EU
  2. Kimberly Earles
  3. pp. 103-124
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  1. 6. The Emptiness of European Identity and the Discourse on Turkish EU Membership
  2. Dirk Nabers
  3. pp. 125-144
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  1. Section II: Memory and Identity in Europe
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. 7. Diversity in the Homeland: The Changing Meaning of Transylvania in Mihail Sebastian’s The Accident
  2. pp. 147-156
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  1. 8. “Rome was in ruins”: Transatlantic Urbanism in Heller’s Catch-22
  2. Spencer Morrison
  3. pp. 157-174
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  1. 9. Postcards from Europe: Representations of (Western) Europe in Romanian Travel Writing, 1960–2010
  2. Oana Fotache Dubălaru
  3. pp. 175-186
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  1. 10. On the Ruins of Memory in Miron Białoszewski’s A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising
  2. Jeannine M. Pitas
  3. pp. 187-204
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  1. Section III: Geography and Cartography
  2. pp. 205-206
  1. 11. The Dynamics of European Identity: Maps, Bodies, Views
  2. Fernando Clara
  3. pp. 207-226
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  1. 12. Neighbourhood Identity and the Larger World: Emir Kusturica’s Underground
  2. Gordana Yovanovich
  3. pp. 227-244
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  1. 13. Italian Food on Foreign Tables: Giacomo Castelvetro’s Exile
  2. Mary-Michelle DeCoste
  3. pp. 245-252
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  1. Section IV: Visual Culture and Fashion
  2. pp. 253-254
  1. 14. Mediterranean Seafarings: Pelagic Encounters of Otherness in Contemporary Italian Cinema
  2. Elena Benelli
  3. pp. 255-270
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  1. 15. Euro Chic: Fashion’s Bread & Butter
  2. Susan Ingram
  3. pp. 271-278
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  1. 16. Dancing Up a Storm: Canadian Performance at the Nazi Olympic Games (1936) and the Notion of Cultural Translation
  2. pp. 279-300
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 301-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-313
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  1. Series Page
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781554588664
Related ISBN
9781554588404
MARC Record
OCLC
860349731
Pages
322
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
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