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Critical Essays on Contemporary European Culture and Society

Ursula Beitter

Critical Essays on Contemporary European Culture and Society examines the challenges involved in immigration to Europe. Contributions from scholars in the fields of Sociology, Political Science, German Studies, English, Philosophy, Religion, Classics, Education, and Romance Studies shed light on the complex issues raised by efforts to integrate minorities into the fabric of European society. The collection’s interdisciplinary focus provides a kaleidoscopic view of current European culture and society: some essays concentrate exclusively on the enduring qualities of Judeo-Christian heritage; others point out that the literary canon has already been revised to reflect the intellectual and literary contributions of minority voices; still others question the very concept and merit of multiculturalism. The diverse essays show that a united Europe is by no means a harmonious Europe.
Contents: Ursula E. Beitter: Introduction – Steve Watson: England, Who’s England? – Roberto E. Campo: The Oriental ‘Other’ and French Self-Fashioning from Turoldus to Camus – Phil Cox: The New Europe’s New University: Academic Freedom and ‘World Citizen’ Values – Dinah Dodds: German Unification and East German Youth: Ten Years after the Wall – Denise Egéa-Kuehne: The Challenge of Languages and Democratic Education in the European Union – Barbara Fischer: Paths to Integration: Learning from Texts from the Periphery – David A. Freeman: Nietzsche’s Holism: A Paradigm for Integration – Sharon Hampel/Seth Ward: Milton, Selden, and Hebraic Sources for the Modernizing of European Law: The Case of Divorce – Barbara Lekatsas: Ancient Greece and Modern Feminism – Michèle Lemettais: Multiculturalism: A French Possibility in a Diverse Europe? – David W. Lovell: Multiculturalism and the New Europe – Michael McAnear: Perceptions of Austria: Modeling Anti-Foreigner Sentiment? – Erin E. Mountz/Edward J. Chute: Tunc et Nunc: Christianity and the Calendar at the Crossroads of Time – Gary Overvold: The Concept of Europe and the Enlightenment Ideal: Husserl and the Contemporary Debate – Elke Segelcke: Experiences of ‘Otherness’: Writing National and Multicultural Identities in Postunification Germany – Cristiana Senigaglia: Identity and Difference: The Claim of the «Threatened Minorities» – Maïr Verthuy: France as a Microcosm of Post-Schengen Europe. Reflections on the New Literature – Friederike von Schwerin-High: Constructions of Alterity in Doris Dörrie’s Book Bin ich schön and in Her Film Bin ich schön – William Walker: The Aftermath of German Unification: The Issue of Complicity and Self-vindication in the Memoirs of Hermann Kant – Mohamed Yamba: The Integration of Immigrant Populations in the European Union.