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Networks, Narratives and Nations

Transcultural Approaches to Cultural Nationalism in Modern Europe and Beyond

9789463720755
346 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Overview
Do narratives make nations, and if so, did networks make this happen? The notion that national and other group identities are constructed and sustained by narratives and images has been widely postulated for several decades now. This volume contributes to this debate, with a particular emphasis on the networked, transnational nature of cultural nation-building processes in a comparative European and sometimes extra-European context. It gathers together essays that engage with objects of study ranging from poetry, prose, and political ideas to painting, porcelain, and popular song, and which draw on examples in Icelandic, Arabic, German, Irish, Hungarian, and French, among other languages. The contributors study transcultural phenomena from the medieval and early modern periods through to the modern and postmodern era, frequently challenging conventional periodizations and analytical frameworks based on the idea of the nation-state.
Author Bio
Marjet Brolsma is Assistant Professor in European Cultural History at the European Studies department of the University of Amsterdam. She has been a research assistant at the Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (SPIN), and published on intellectuals and the Great War, national identity discourses and ideas of Europe. Alex Drace-Francis is Associate Professor of Modern European Literary and Cultural History at the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Romanian and Balkan social, cultural and literary history; on travel writing and circulation of ideas and images; and on European identity as a whole.Krisztina Lajosi is Senior Lecturer in the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She studies nationalism in a historical perspective. Her publications include Staging the Nation: Opera and Nationalism in 19th-Century Hungary, Choral Societies and Nationalism in Europe, and The Matica and Beyond: Cultural Associations and Nationalism in Europe.Enno Maessen is lecturer in Political History at the Department of History and Art History at Utrecht University. He works on cultural representations, urban history and the history of contemporary Turkey. Maessen is co-founder of the Turkey Studies Network in the Low Countries.Marleen Rensen is a senior lecturer in Modern European Literature at the University of Amsterdam. She specializes in literary engagement and life writing and has a particular interest in the lives of French and German artists in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Marleen Rensen is a senior lecturer in Modern European Literature at the University of Amsterdam. She specializes in literary engagement and life writing and has a particular interest in the lives of French and German artists in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.Yolanda Rodríguez Pérez is Associate Professor of European Literature and Culture in the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She specializes in Spanish-Dutch-Anglo cultural exchanges in the early modern period and beyond. Her last edited volume is Literary Hispanophobia and Hispanophilia in Britain and the Low Countries (1550-1850) (2020)Guido Snel is a writer and a senior lecturer teaching in the department of European Studies. He specializes in contemporary European literatures, with a specific focus on Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans.