Re-thinking Europe: Literature and (trans)national Identity

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Nele Bemong, Mirjam Truwant, Pieter Vermeulen
Rodopi, 2008 - 268 páginas
Re-Thinking Europe sets out to investigate the place of the idea of Europe in literature and comparative literary studies. The essays in this collection turn to the past, in which Europe became synonymous with a tradition of peace and tolerance beyond national borders, and enter into a critical dialogue with the present, in which Europe has increasingly become associated with a history of oppression and violence. The different essays together demonstrate how the idea of Europe cannot be thought apart from the tension between the regional and the global, between nationalism and pluralism, and can therefore be re-thought as an opportunity for an identity beyond national or ethnic borders. Engaging contemporary discourses on hybrid, postcolonial, and transnational identity, this volume shows how literature can function as both a vital tool to forge new identities and a power subversive of such attempts at identity-formation. Like Europe, it is always marked by the tension between integration and resistance. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of modern literature, comparative literature, and European studies, as well as people concerned with cultural memory and the relation between literature and cultural identity.

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Performing Transnational Identity
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Conjuring the Past Imagining Europe
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Notes on Contributors
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Página 202 - For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Página 197 - If, drunk with sight of power, we loose Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe, Such boastings as the Gentiles use, Or lesser breeds without the Law — Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget - lest we forget!
Página 202 - ... tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile ; but glory, honour, and peace to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: for there is no respect of persons with God.
Página 202 - His will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law ; and art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
Página 202 - For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves : 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another ;) 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Página 77 - The Arte of English Poesie. Contriued into three Bookes : The first of POETS and POESIE, the second of PROPORTION, the third of ORNAMENT.
Página 127 - The ambivalence at the source of traditional discourses on authority enables a form of subversion, founded on the undecidability that turns the discursive conditions of dominance into the grounds of intervention.
Página 202 - Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God, and knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law...

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Nele Bemong is currently a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium) at the K.U.Leuven. She has published articles on the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century novel in Belgium (mainly on the historical novel and the work of the novelist Stijn Streuvels) and on the contemporary novel.
Mirjam Truwant is a research assistant at the K.U.Leuven and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in German Literature. Her research focus is on nineteenth and early twentieth century German biographies by and of women writers. She has published articles on Ödön von Horváth, biographical writing and women's literature.
Pieter Vermeulen is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the K.U.Leuven. He has published articles on contemporary critical theory and on the contemporary novel. He is also the co-editor, with Theo D'haen, of Cultural Identity and Postmodern Writing (Rodopi, 2006).

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