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Europe – Canada

Transcultural Perspectives- Perspectives transculturelles


Edited By Klaus-Dieter Ertler, Martin Löschnigg and Yvonne Völkl

As a result of its colonial past, Canadian culture has been shaped by French, British and other European influences; since the second half of the twentieth century, however, large-scale immigration from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as economic and cultural globalization and the recognition of the cultural significance of the country’s First Nations have transformed Canadian society, and this transformation has affected the European dimension of Canada’s cultural heritage, too. The publication addresses the role of this dimension in the collective consciousness of contemporary Canada and the complexities of Canadian-European political and cultural relations at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
En raison de son passé colonial, la culture canadienne a été façonnée par des influences françaises et britanniques ainsi que par d’autres cultures européennes. Cependant, à partir de la deuxième moitié du 20 e siècle, l’immigration importante de l’Asie, de l’Afrique, des Caraïbes, de l’Amérique latine et du Proche-Orient, la globalisation économique et culturelle ainsi que la reconnaissance officielle des Premières Nations ont transformé la société canadienne. Cette transformation a également eu des conséquences sur la dimension européenne de l’héritage culturel du Canada. Le livre aborde le rôle de cette dimension dans la conscience collective du Canada contemporain et la complexité des relations politiques et culturelles entre l’Europe et le Canada au début du 21 e siècle.


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János Kenyeres: The Siege of Budapest: Hungarian History in Recent Canadian Literature


Alessandra Ferraro 202 RENZI, Alessandra : « Identity and Transculture in Vice Versa », Collegium Antropologicum 28, Suppl. 1 (2004), 109–113. TASSINARI, Lamberto : « Lettre de l’éditeur », Vice Versa 1,1 (1983), 23. – « La ville continue. Montréal et l’expérience transculturelle de Vice Versa », Revue Inter- nationale d’Action Communautaire 21,61 (1989), 57-62. WILSON, Sheena: « Multiculturalisme et transculturalisme : ce que peut nous apprendre la re- vue Vice Versa (1983-1996) », International Journal of Canadian Studies / Revue interna- tionale d’études canadiennes 45-46 (2012), 261-275. The Siege of Budapest: Hungarian History in Recent Canadian Literature János Kenyeres (Budapest, Hungary) The past few years have seen a growing interest in Hungarian history among Canadian writers. The two historical events with which works are preoccupied are the Second World War and the 1956 revolution, often depicted through the perspective of the immigrant experience. Anna Porter’s fictional work The Storyteller (2000) and her non-fictional Kasztner’s Train (2007) take their theme from Hungary’s traumatic historical events in the twentieth century. Porter’s latest non-fictional book, The Ghosts of Europe (2010), is a collection of interviews with leading intellectuals and politicians of the Central European region, discussing and analysing key events and developments in twentieth- century history. Another example of a work inspired by Hungarian history is Joseph Kertes’s novel Gratitude (2008), which draws its plot from the holocaust of Hungarian Jews, a theme which also emerges in Judith Kalman’s The Country of Birches (1998). The most recent Canadian work in which Hungarian history provides an essential...

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