The basic concern of the 2006 HERMES seminar & symposium is the question of how literary texts, genres and forms respond to and shape processes of European self-understanding in an epoch of global reconstruction of regions, nations and continents. In 2004, the European Union welcomed 15 new member states. The accession of a number of Balkan states is impending. Turkey is waiting in the wings. Transatlantic relations to the USA are hotly debated, in politics as in matters of culture. At the same time, linguistic, religious or ethnic dividing lines show even in some of Europe’s oldest nation states. Is this the time to start re-thinking Europe, also in the field of literary studies? The seminar will explore the past, present, and future of the idea of Europe’s literatures as sites of historically changing, dynamically interrelated cultural formations, memories, and projections of identities, understood nationally, regionally and supra-nationally.
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