The Idea of Europe

The Clash of Projections


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Recent developments within and beyond Europe have variously challenged the very idea of Europe, calling it into question and demanding reconsideration of its underlying assumptions. The essays collected here reassess the contemporary position of a perceived “European” identity in the world, overshadowed as it is by the long antecedents and current crisis of triumphalist Eurocentrism. While Eurocentrism itself is still a potent mind-set, it is now increasingly challenged by intra-European crises and by the emergence of autonomously non-European perceptions of Europe. The perspectives assembled here come from the fields of political, cultural and literary history, contemporary history, social and political science and philosophy.

Contributors are: Damir Arsenijević, Luiza Bialasiewicz, Vladimir Biti, Lucia Boldrini, Gerard Delanty, César Domínguez, Nikol Dziub, Rodolphe Gasché, Aage Hansen-Löve, Shigemi Inaga, Joep Leerssen, and Vivian Liska.

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Vladimir Biti is Professor Emeritus of Slavic and Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna, currently Distinguished Chair Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University. His most recent monograph is Attached to Dispossession, (Brill, 2018). Upcoming: Post-imperial Literature:Translatio imperii in Kafka and Coetzee.

Joep Leerssen is Professor of Modern European Literature at the University of Amsterdam and holds a part-time research professorship at the University of Maastricht. He is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe(Amsterdam UP, 2018). His most recent books are Comparative Literature in Britain: National Identities, Transnational Dynamics, 1800–2000 (Legenda 2019) and Parnell and his Times (ed.; Cambridge UP, 2020).

Vivian Liska is Professor of German at the University of Antwerp, Belgium as well as Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published extensively on German Modernism and Literary Theory. Her most recent book publication is titled German-Jewish Thought and its Afterlife. A Tenuous Legacy (Indiana UP, 2017).
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