Internationalism and the Arts at the Fin de Siècle is a multidisciplinary series that explores cosmopolitan practices and processes of cultural exchange across national boundaries at a crucial historical moment. The period from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century was characterized by national consolidation, empire building and catastrophic conflict. As part of the same process of collective encounter and self-definition, this time was also marked by international cooperation, proposals for world government, and transnational communities that challenged the nation state. The arts were central to the formation of national identities, and cultural practitioners (artists, writers, musicians, dramatists) were expected to shore up national traditions. Yet their lives were often cosmopolitan and their practices shaped by cross-cultural collaboration.
The series provides a forum for scholars working in the emerging area of cultural internationalism. It challenges the emphasis on national schools as the foundation of scholarly analysis, and it draws attention to the vigour of internationalist art and ideology in an age that is more frequently remembered for jingoism and war. The series is affiliated with the
ICE research network (Internationalism and Cultural Exchange, 18701920). Proposals for monographs, edited collections and anthologies of primary sources will be considered.