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Commemorating Writers in Nineteenth-Century Europe

Nation-Building and Centenary Fever

  • Joep Leerssen
  • Ann Rigney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Ann Rigney, Joep Leerssen
    Pages 1-23
  3. Joep Leerssen
    Pages 24-39
  4. Ann Rigney
    Pages 40-64
  5. Ann Rigney
    Pages 65-87
  6. Ronan Kelly
    Pages 88-101
  7. Mahnaz Yousefzadeh
    Pages 102-116
  8. Harald Hendrix
    Pages 117-133
  9. Francesca Zantedeschi
    Pages 134-151
  10. Pierre Boudrot
    Pages 152-172
  11. Joep Leerssen
    Pages 173-187
  12. An De Ridder
    Pages 188-202
  13. Neil Stewart
    Pages 203-223
  14. Marijan Dović
    Pages 224-249
  15. John Neubauer
    Pages 250-261
  16. Clara Calvo
    Pages 262-282
  17. Paulo de Medeiros
    Pages 283-294
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 295-301

About this book


This volume offers detailed accounts of the cults of individual writers and a comparative perspective on the spread of centenary fever across Europe. It offers a fascinating insight into the interaction between literature and cultural memory, and the entanglement between local, national and European identities at the highpoint of nation-building.


Memory studies colonialism Cultural Memory Dante Europe France individual memory Russia Slovenia Voltaire

Editors and affiliations

  • Joep Leerssen
    • 1
  • Ann Rigney
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.Utrecht UniversityNetherlands

About the editors

Pierre Boudrot, University Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France Clara Calvo, University of Murcia, Spain Marijan Dovi?, University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia Harald Hendrix, Utrecht University, Netherlands Ronan Kelly, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland Joep Leerssen, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Paulo de Medeiros, University of Warwick, UK John Neubauer, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands An de Ridder, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Ann Rigney, Utrecht University, Netherlands Neil Stewart, University of Bonn, Germany Mahnaz Yousefzadeh, New York University, USA Francesca Zantedeschi, European University Institute, Italy

Bibliographic information


“This substantial collection … brings together fifteen case studies of literary commemoration to produce the first comparative study of literary centenaries during the time of the ‘centenary fever’ in 19th century Europe. … Bringing together a great deal of recent research and opening up lines for further inquiry, Commemorating Writers in Nineteenth-Century Europe is, in every sense, a productive volume.” (Ina Ferris, Arcadia, Vol. 50 (2), 2015)