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.
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 seventeenth 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.
List of Illustrations Notes on the Editors Notes on the Contributors
Contesting Europe: Comparative Perspectives on Early Modern Discourses on Europe (1400–1800) — an Introduction Nicolas Detering, Clementina Marsico and Isabella Walser-Bürgler
Part 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
Rubens’ Europe and the Pax Hispanica Ulrich Heinen
Part 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
Part 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
Neo-Latinists, scholars of Early Modern Europe (ca. 1500–1800), and everyone interested in the history of the idea of Europe.