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Visions of Europe

Interdisciplinary Contributions to Contemporary Cultural Debates

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Edited By Gail K. Hart and Anke S. Biendarra

How do we as scholars envision Europe? Participants in a two-day research symposium bring a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary responses to this complex question. Distinguished US scholars address the European continent, its history and culture, and its politics in essays that range from the intellectual tradition to poetics and world literature, from the air war to plurilingualism, from religious symbolism to Europe’s colonial legacy. These contributions comprise a portrait or vision of Europe today; the challenges it faces, and the challenges we face in confronting it as a cultural and geopolitical entity.
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Russell A. Berman is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University where he holds appointments in the departments of Comparative Literature and German Studies. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution as well as editor of Telos. He has published widely on topics in German literary history, critical theory, and contemporary culture and politics. His book publications include Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem (2004), Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty and Western Culture (2007), and Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad (2010).

Anke Biendarra is Associate Professor of German at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century literature and culture, postwar German literature of the GDR and West Germany, the literature of unification, and popular culture. She has published widely on aspects of identity, gender, and Engagement, on effects of globalization in literature and film, and on pop literature. Her book Germans Going Global. Contemporary Literature and Cultural Globalization was published in 2012 in the series “Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies” with De Gruyter. She is currently working on a research project dealing with transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, and configurations of European identities in contemporary literature and film.

Kai Evers is the author of Violent Modernists: The Aesthetics of Destruction in Twentieth-Century German Literature (2013). He has published on Musil, Canetti, Arendt, Weiss and Gert Neumann among others. His current research analyzes attempts to anticipate new forms of warfare in literary and non-literary...

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