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Edited by Mihaela Irimia and Andreea Paris

Focusing on the so far insufficiently considered concept of long modernity, this volume brings together contributions by leading European and American scholars in the fields of Literature, Cultural Studies, Intellectual and Cultural History. Behind it are research, debates and academic events organized by the Centre of Excellence for the Study of Cultural Identity, University of Bucharest, on modernity as a Western project. The book distinguishes phases in its unfolding, from the early, via the classic and high to the late modern period. Each chapter reveals a marked interdisciplinary approach to the various aspects of this century-old process. The theoretical introduction provides the conceptual scaffolding further fleshed out by individual chapters and case studies meant as illustrations. Staff and students interested in cultural identity are expected to find this collection useful and relevant.
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Edited by Mihaela Irimia, Andreea Paris and Dragoş Manea

Cultural Memory, a subtle and comprehensive process of identity formation, promotion and transmission, is considered as a set of symbolic practices and protocols, with particular emphasis on repositories of memory and the institutionalized forms in which they are embodied. High and low culture as texts embedded in the texture of memory, as well as material culture as a communal receptacle and reservoir of memory are analysed in their historical contingency. Symbolic representations of accepted and counter history/ies, and the cultural nodes and mechanisms of the cultural imaginary are also issues of central interest. Twenty-six contributions tackle these topics from a theoretical and historical perspective and bring to the fore case studies illustrating the interdisciplinary agenda that underlies the volume.

Contributors: Luis Manuel A.V. Bernardo, Lina Bolzoni, Peter Burke, Pia Brinzeu, Adina Ciugureanu, Thomas Docherty, Christoph Ehland, Herbert Grabes, László Gyapay, Donna Landry, Christoph Lehner, Gerald MacLean, Dragoş Manea, Daniel Melo, Mirosława Modrzewska, Rareş Moldovan, C.W.R.D. Mosely, Petruţa Năiduţ, Francesca Orestano, Maria Lúcia G. Pallares-Burke, Andreea Paris, Leonor Santa Bárbara, Hans-Peter Söder, Jukka Tiusanen, Ludmila Volná, Ioana Zirra.