Europe in Its Own Eyes, Europe in the Eyes of the Other

Europe in Its Own Eyes, Europe in the Eyes of the Other

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What is Europe? Who is European? What do Europe and European identity mean in the twenty-first century? This collection of sixteen essays seeks to answer these questions by focusing on Europe as it is seen through its own eyes and through the eyes of others across a variety of cultural texts, including sport, film, literature, dance, cartography, and fashion. These texts, as interpreted here by emerging researchers as well as well-established scholars, enable us to engage with European identities in the plural and to understand what these identities mean in larger cultural and political contexts. The interdisciplinary focus of this volume permits an exploration of European identity that reaches beyond the area of European studies to incorporate understandings of identity from the viewpoints of both insider and other. Contributors explore diverse understandings of what it means to be "other" to a country, a culture, a society, or a subgroup. This book offers a fresh perspective on the evolving concept of identityain the context of Europe past, present, and futureaand expands on the existing literature by considering the political tensions and social implications of the development of European identity, as well as its literary, artistic, and cultural manifestations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 322 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 25mm | 602g
  • Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • English
  • 6
  • 1554588405
  • 9781554588404

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Europe in Its Own Eyes, Europe in the Eyes of the Other , edited by David B. MacDonald and Mary-Michelle DeCoste Introduction: Identity, Memory, and Contestation in Europe | David B. MacDonald and Mary-Michelle DeCoste Section I: Politics, Philosophy, and Sociology 1. Yet Another American Exceptionalism: The Minor Role of Counter-Cosmopolitan Fan Behaviour in North American Venues Compared to Their Salient Quotidian Existence in Europe's Soccer Stadiums | Andrei S. Markovits 2. French Jewish Identity, 1898a1931: The Story of Edmond Fleg | Sally D. Charnow 3. The Legal Culture of Civilization: Hegel and His Categorization of Indigenous Americans | William E. Conklin 4. Retrospective, Myth, and the Colonial Question: Twentieth-Century Europe as the Other in World History | David B. MacDonald 5. Gender Equality Identity in Europe: The Role of the EU | Kimberly Earles 6. The Emptiness of European Identity and the Discourse on Turkish EU Membership | Dirk Nabers Section II: Memory and Identity in Europe 7. Diversity in the Homeland: The Changing Meaning of Transylvania in Mihail Sebastian's The Accident | Stephen Henighan 8. aRome was in ruinsa: Transatlantic Urbanism in Heller's Catch-22 | Spencer Morrison 9. Postcards from Europe: Representations of (Western) Europe in Romanian Travel Writing, 1960a2010 | Oana Fotache DubClaru 10. On the Ruins of Memory in Miron BiaAoszewski's A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising | Jeannine M. Pitas Section III: Geography and Cartography 11. The Dynamics of European Identity: Maps, Bodies, Views | Fernando Clara 12. Neighbourhood Identity and the Larger World: Emir Kusturica's Underground | Gordana Yovanovich 13. Italian Food on Foreign Tables: Giacomo Castelvetro's Exile | Mary-Michelle DeCoste Section IV: Visual Culture and Fashion 14. Mediterranean Seafarings: Pelagic Encounters of Otherness in Contemporary Italian Cinema | Elena Benelli 15. Euro Chic: Fashion's Bread & Butter | Susan Ingram 16. Dancing Up a Storm: Canadian Performance at the Nazi Olympic Games (1936) and the Notion of Cultural Translation | Alla Myzelev Contributors Index
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About Assoc Prof David B. MacDonald

David B. MacDonald is an associate professor in political science at the University of Guelph. His publications include Introduction to Politics , The Bush Leadership, the Power of Ideas and the War on Terror , Identity Politics in the Age of Genocide (2008), and Thinking History (2009). His website is Mary-Michelle DeCoste is an associate professor of Italian studies at the University of Guelph, and in 2010 she held a Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard Universityas Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy. Publications include Hopeless Love: Boiardo, Ariosto, and Narratives of Queer Female Desire (2009), as well as articles in journals Quaderni daItalianistica and Heliotropia and chapters in a number of edited books.
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