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The New Europe at the Crossroads

Ursula Beitter

The New Europe at the Crossroads is composed of a selection of essays presented in August 1997 at the «New Europe at the Crossroads Conference», held in York, England. The diverse contributions investigate how Europe's classical heritage, as well as its literary and cultural traditions, will serve Europe in the next millennium. Contributions from professors in the humanities, sociology, classics, and the arts provide the book with a broader dimension by taking the topic of a new, united Europe beyond the usually discussed economic and political aspects. The diverse essays show that a united Europe is far more complex than anticipated by the architects of the Maastricht treaty.
Contents: Ursula E. Beitter: Introduction to the seminar - Heinz-Uwe Haus: Introduction - Peter Oliver Arnds: The Paradox of the European Union and Postmodern Literature in Germany and Austria - Martin Conboy: The Ethnic Origins of Readership - Denise Egéa-Kuehne: The Challenge of Freedom in Eastern Europe: Derrida's Ethics of Affirmation and Educational Responsibility - Patricia Ellis/Zafar Khan: Multiculturalism and the Islamic Challenge - William A. Everett: The Mega-Musical as Transcultural Phenomenon - Françoise Ghillebaert: Redefining the Status of France and of the French Language within the European Union - Evlyn Gould: A Newly New Europe Waking after the Holocaust - Heinz-Uwe Haus: Cultural and Political Challenges: The Dialectics of European Identity - Dirk t. D. Held: Ancient Greece, Post-Modern Autochthony: Hellenism and the Ideology of Europe - Machiel Karskens: Homeland and Heterotopia: The Place of the Stranger in Multiculturalism - Bud B. Khleif: The Idea of Europe and Its «Others» - David W. Lovell: The Challenge of Freedom in Eastern Europe: an Evaluation of the Legacy of 1989 - Katherine Maynard: The Center still will not hold: European Violence in the 1990s and Beyond - Peter McCarthy: European Postmodernist Influences on British Figurative Painting - James R. Mensch: Cross-Cultural Understanding and Ethics - Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe: The Practical Relationship of Consciousness and Performance: An Intercultural Approach - Uschi Nussbaumer-Benz: Nietzsche's Vision of Europe: On the Thousand and One Goal(s) - Mary I. O'Reilly: The Ludic Politics of Vaclav Havel - Rado Pribic: The Legacy of the Cold War: Dispute of the German P.E.N. Clubs - G. G. Raymond: «Assimilation» or «désagrégation»? Reconstructing the Body Politic in France - Cristiana Senigaglia: Identity and Difference in Multicultural Communities - Guy Stern: Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi and The Pan-Europa Movement: Precursors to a United Europe - Arturas Tereskinas: To The Nation's Bottom: A Theory of Contemporary Lithuanian National Identities and Identifications - Mair Verthuy: Hybrid Identity or Looking to the Future: Migrant Writing in France - Mohamed Yamba: Immigrants and Outgroups in the New Europe: Socio-Economic Implications, Political Choices - Andrzej Zaporowski: Is Cross-Cultural Communication Possible?