Contesting Europe

Comparative Perspectives on Early Modern Discourses on Europe (Fifteenth–Eighteenth Century)

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While the term ‘Europe’ was used sporadically in ancient and medieval times, it proliferated between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and gained a prevalence in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries which it did not possess before. Although studies on the history of the idea of Europe abound, much of the vast body of early modern sources has still been neglected. Assuming that discourses tend to transcend linguistic, historical and generic boundaries, this book has gathered experts from various fields of study who examine vernacular and Latin negotiations of Europe from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth century. This multi-angled approach serves to identify similarities and differences in the discourses on Europe within their different national and cultural communities.

Contributors are Ovanes Akopyan, Volker Bauer, Piotr Chmiel, Nicolas Detering, Stefan Ehrenpreis, Niels Grüne, Peter Hanenberg, Ulrich Heinen, Ronny Kaiser, Niall Oddy, Katharina N. Piechocki, Dennis Pulina, Marion Romberg, Lucie Storchová, Isabella Walser-Bürgler, Michael Wintle, and Enrico Zucchi.

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Biographical Note
Nicolas Detering, Ass.-Prof. Dr. (* 1985), is assistant professor of German Literature at the University of Bern. He specialises in early modern literature and has published on German poetry and ideas of Europe in the 17th century.

Clementina Marsico, Dr. (* 1983), Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Innsbruck, is a researcher of Italian Humanism. She has published monographs, editions and commentaries, collected volumes and many articles on Renaissance Italy in general and Lorenzo Valla in particular.

Isabella Walser-Bürgler, Dr. (* 1988), Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Innsbruck, is key researcher at that institute. She has published various editions and articles on the Neo-Latin novel, the concept of Europe in Neo-Latin literature, and university orations.
Table of contents
List of Figures
Note on Contributors
Introduction


1. EMBODYING EUROPE: ALLEGORIES OF THE SELF AND THE OTHER

Rivalry of Lament: Early Personifications of Europe in Neo-Latin Panegyrics for Charles V and Francis I
Nicolas Detering and Dennis Pulina

Tota caduca et dehiscens – Europe’s Critical Condition in Andrés Laguna’s Europa (1543)
Ronny Kaiser

The Early Modern Iconography of Europe: Visual Images and European Identity
Michael Wintle

Did Europe Exist in the Parish before 1800? The Allegory of Europe and Her Three Siblings in Folk Culture
Marion Romberg

Ruben’s Europe and the Pax Hispanica
Ulrich Heinen


2. CENTRALISING EUROPE: CONSTRUCTIONS OF PERIPHERIES AND BOUNDARIES

Cartographic Manipulations: Framing the Centre of Europe in ca. 1500
Katharina N. Piechocki

Conflicts of Meaning: The Word > Europe in Sixteenth-Century French Writing
Niall Oddy

Portugal and the Early Modern Discourse on Europe
Peter Hanenberg

How Did Venetian Diplomatic Envoys Define Europe, Its Divisions, Centres and Peripheries (ca. 1570–1645)?
Piotr Chmiel

Conceptualising Asia, Africa and Europa in a Polemic on the Origin of Bohemians (1615 – 1617): Supranational Geographical Units and a Humanist Competition for ‘National Honour’
Lucie Storchová

Europe or Not? Early Sixteenth-Century European Descriptions of Muscovy and the Russian Responses
Ovanes Akopyan


3. BALANCING EUROPE: DISCOURSES OF PLURALITY AND POWER

Liberty and Participation: Governance Ideals in the Self-Fashioning of Sixteenth- to Early-Eighteenth-Century Europe
Niels Grüne and Stefan Ehrenpreis

Geopolitical Instruction and the Construction of Europe in Seventeenth-Century Neo-Latin Texts
Isabella Walser-Bürgler

The European Network and National Identity: Italian Journalism in the Early Eighteenth Century from Il Giornale de’ letterati d’Italia to Il Gran giornale d’Europa
Enrico Zucchi

Europe as a Political System, an Ideal and a Selling Point: The Renger Series (1704–1718)
Volker Bauer

Index
Readership
Neo-Latinists, scholars of Early Modern Europe (ca. 1500–1800), and everyone interested in the history of the idea of Europe.
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