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Exiles, Emigrés and Intermediaries

Anglo-Italian Cultural Transactions


Edited by Barbara Schaff

This volume explores the dynamic and productive cultural forces engendered by exiles, wanderers, and diasporic communities in Britain and Italy over more than five centuries. It investigates the historic resonance of transnational encounters and movements between two European cultures that look back on a long history of cross-fertilisation. Drawn from a range of academic disciplines including literary studies, history, musicology, art history and bibliography, it presents the ways in which exiles, émigrés, intermediaries and their attendant cultural perspectives interact with the sometimes repressive, sometimes productive religious or political systems and ideologies that they encounter. This volume pays tribute to the stimulating exchange, circulation, and appropriation that has occurred between Britain and Italy, showing that the condition of displacement can lead not only to the articulation of loss and grief, but also to fruitful forms of interaction.

Facing the East in the West

Images of Eastern Europe in British Literature, Film and Culture


Edited by Barbara Korte, Eva Ulrike Pirker and Sissy Helff

Over the last decade, migration flows from Central and Eastern Europe have become an issue in political debates about human rights, social integration, multiculturalism and citizenship in Great Britain. The increasing number of Eastern Europeans living in Britain has provoked ambivalent and diverse responses, including representations in film and literature that range from travel writing, humorous fiction, mockumentaries, musicals, drama and children’s literature to the thriller. The present volume discusses a wide range of representations of Eastern and Central Europe and its people as reflected in British literature, film and culture.
The book offers new readings of authors who have influenced the cultural imagination since the nineteenth century, such as Bram Stoker, George Bernard Shaw, Joseph Conrad and Arthur Koestler. It also discusses the work of more contemporary writers and film directors including Sacha Baron Cohen, David Cronenberg, Vesna Goldsworthy, Kapka Kassabova, Marina Lewycka, Ken Loach, Mike Phillips, Joanne K. Rowling and Rose Tremain.
With its focus on post-Wall Europe, Facing the East in the West goes beyond discussions of migration to Britain from an established postcolonial perspective and contributes to the current exploration of 'new' European identities.

From the Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific

Creolisation, Magic, and Mimesis in Oceanic Networks

Fernando Rosa

(Huigen 2009a, 2009b). In fact, he tells his readers that he approaches Southern Africa as a Paramaribo-born Creole (we should perhaps add Protestant) who moved to France at the age of ten and then, later, to the Netherlands. He eventually found his way to the Cape of Good Hope, where local VOC

Delia Ungureanu and Thomas Pavel

formed in a largely Byzantine culture meets with Catholicism and Protestantism. The territory formed by the three Romanian regions is further divided by a geographical border: the Carpathian Mountains that account for two regions’ development in very different directions historically and culturally


Reindert Dhondt

of the Anglo-Saxon Protestant world on the one hand, and the Latin American Catholic world on the other, particularly in his early political journalism. In the extended article entitled “El imperialismo y los países latinoamericanos”, dated 28 May 1962 and which was first published in the Mexican

Oana Popescu-Sandu

). In early American religious poetry, for example, multilingualism is part of an effort to communicate better and reach the transcendent. 2 Patrick Erben writes that “radical Protestant poets in early America embraced translation and multilingual composition to capture the hidden script of divine

Faulkner in France

Or How to Introduce a Peripheral Unknown Author in the Center of the World Republic of Letters

Gisèle Sapiro

language that translated the characters’ thoughts by saying that Faulkner’s peasants did have a very basic literary culture drawn from bits of the Old and New Testaments, hymns based on the Psalms and the Protestant clerical commentary. This raw literacy “sometimes helped them find, spontaneously, the tone

The Archeology of Minor Literature

Towards the Concept of the Ultraminor

Veronika Tuckerová

of Czechs, Germans, and Jews, and argued for the fluidity of their identities, making the idea of the strict separation between the ethnic groups inadequate (Čapková). The Czech-German-Jewish Paul Eisner, who declared a possession of “two mother tongues” and converted to Protestantism, yet as a Jew