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Writers as Public Intellectuals

Literature, Celebrity, Democracy


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature book series (PMEL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Odile Heynders
    Pages 1-25
  3. H. M. Enzensberger
    Pages 26-51
  4. Slavenka Drakulić, Dubravka Ugresić
    Pages 52-73
  5. Bernard-Henri Lévy
    Pages 74-96
  6. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Pages 97-120
  7. David van Reybrouck, Geert van Istendael
    Pages 121-138
  8. Hamed Abdel-Samad
    Pages 139-159
  9. Elif Shafak
    Pages 160-181
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 182-218

About this book


This book demonstrates how authors performing the role of a public intellectual discuss ideas and opinions regarding society while using literary strategies and devices in and beyond the text. Their assumed persona thereby reads the world as a book - interpreting it and offering alternative scenarios for understanding it.


Modern European literature Society Literary device Persona Satire democracy Europe fiction modern European literature public intellectuals society

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Tilburg UniversityThe Netherlands

About the authors

Odile Heynders is Professor of Comparative Literature at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Her research interests include contemporary literary history, intellectual history and cultural studies, and her publications include articles in journals such as the European Journal of Life Writing, Journal of Dutch Literature and a chapter in New Public Spheres: Recontextualising the Intellectual (ed. Thijssen et al, 2013).

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