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

Edited by David B. MacDonald & Mary-Michelle DeCoste
Subjects Cultural Studies
Series Cultural Studies Hide Details
Hardcover : 9781554588404, 322 pages, April 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554588671, 322 pages, April 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781554588664, 322 pages, April 2014

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, 1898–1931: 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. “Rome was in ruins”: Transatlantic Urbanism in Heller's Catch-22 | Spencer Morrison
9. Postcards from Europe: Representations of (Western) Europe in Romanian Travel Writing, 1960–2010 | Oana Fotache Dubǎlaru
10. On the Ruins of Memory in Miron Białoszewski'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


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 identity—in the context of Europe past, present, and future—and 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.