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European Vistas

History, Ethics and Identity in the Works of Claudio Magris

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Remko Smid

Claudio Magris is one of Italy’s – and Europe’s – most renowned thinkers and writers. He is considered an authority on central European literature and culture and is frequently interviewed about his hometown Trieste, the region called Mitteleuropa and the European Union. But what makes Magris such a relevant figure on the European literary scene?

European Vistas aims to answer this question by analysing the three most central elements in Magris’ novels – history, ethics and identity – in relation to contemporary Europe. His choice of particular histories are considered in terms of the ethical ideas and values that motivate him as well as the relevance of these stories for Europe. The book also explores Magris’ understanding and narration of identity and its potential for a transnational mode of identification, specifically within the European context. Ultimately, the author demonstrates why Magris’ ideas about history, ethics and identity are fundamental for Europe’s future.

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Cultural History and Literary Imagination

Edited by Christian J. Emden & David Midgley

Editorial Board: Rodrigo Cacho, Sarah Colvin, Kenneth Loiselle and Heather Webb

This series promotes critical inquiry into the relationship between the literary imagination and its cultural, intellectual or political contexts. The series encourages the investigation of the role of the literary imagination in cultural history and the interpretation of cultural history through literature, visual culture and the performing arts.

Contributions of a comparative or interdisciplinary nature are particularly welcome. Individual volumes might, for example, be concerned with any of the following:

• The mediation of cultural and historical memory,

• The material conditions of particular cultural manifestations,

• The construction of cultural and political meaning,

• Intellectual culture and the impact of scientific thought,

• The methodology of cultural inquiry,

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