© 1999

The Idea of Europe in Literature

  • Susanne Fendler
  • Ruth Wittlinger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Portrayal of the Continent

  3. Inner/Outer Perspectives in Comparison

  4. The Idea of Europe and National Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Liliana Mihut
      Pages 159-172
    3. Ruth Wittlinger
      Pages 192-206
    4. Sylvie Gambaudo
      Pages 225-239
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 240-244

About this book


The relevance of culture has recently enjoyed increasing recognition for the study of European integration and a European identity. Appeals to a common European culture as well as appeals to different national cultures have been used respectively as a means to pursue political ends. Paying tribute to literature's role as an important constituent part of a culture, this collection of essays explores literary representations of Europe and its nation states and should be of particular value to anyone who is interested in cultural, political or literary studies in the European context.


culture desegregation European integration European Union (EU) identity literary studies Narration national identity novel transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Susanne Fendler
    • 1
  • Ruth Wittlinger
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WürzburgGermany
  2. 2.University of Durham Stockton CampusUK

About the editors

ROY BOYNE Professor of Sociology at Durham University UTE FENDLER currently working on Spanish travel literature of the eighteenth century ANGELA FLURY PhD candidate in the Comparative Literature Department at the University of California MARION FRANK working on a research project aiming to establish a closer link between literary/ cultural studies and medicine/medical anthropology SYLVIE GAMBAUDO Lecturer in European Studies at University College Stockton JAN B. GORDON Professor of Anglo-American Literature at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies URIKE HORSTMANN University of Würzburg, writing her doctoral thesis on the names in Spenser's the Faerie Queen ROLF HUGOSON Lecturer at the Center for Research and Debate on Cultural Policy, at the University College of Borås SILVIA MERGENTHAL Professor at the University of Konstanz LILIANA MIHUT Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science PAUL NIXON Senior Lecturer in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Teesside

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