• Local Rooms with a Cosmopolitan View? Novels in/on the Limits of European Convergence

    Author(s):
    Cesar Dominguez (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century, CLCS European Regions, LLC 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone, LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish and Iberian
    Subject(s):
    Comparative literature, European literature
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    comparative literature, cosmopolitanism, european integration, european literature, european union
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M62C76
    Abstract:
    The aim of this essay is to examine how novels negotiate European integration and, hence, how they contribute to re-imagining European culture and Europeanization, of which they are an outcome. My results may not be valid for other genres and cultural artefacts. However, my restriction to the novel is justified on the grounds of testing Benedict Anderson’s statements about this genre and its capability to represent imagined communities. This test is carried out from a cosmopolitan viewpoint. My analysis comprises three parts. First, I will briefly review Ulrich Beck’s theories on cosmopolitanism. Second, I will approach Europeanization as reflected in new ways of reading, which I call “cosmopolitan reading”. And third, I will examine three novels –Joaquín Lorente’s Ciudadanos de la Tierra.com, Àngel Burgas’ La fi d’Europa, and Tim Parks’ Europa – that negotiate the process of integration. Finally, I make some concluding remarks on the perspective these novels express on European convergence.
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    Published
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