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The Mediterranean as a Source of Cultural Criticism (Paperback)

Myth, Literature, and Anthropology

P&S History > Social Science & Culture > Anthropology & Sociology

Imprint: Mimesis International
Series: Anthropology
Pages: 100
Illustrations: 3
ISBN: 9788869771361
Published: 30th June 2019
Casemate UK Academic

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The essays contained in this volume explore the historical trajectories along which the Mediterranean has been conceptualized as a cultural, religious and economical resource and how these various aspects are intertwined. While staying clear of a merely “imagological” or “representational” point of view, the authors consider the interplay between culturally shaped attributions (for example the longstanding desire for a Mediterranean “Otherness” as expressed in German literature), their testing in empirical encounters, and the effect these encounters produce on both sides. Although focused particularly on 19th and 20th century culture, this volume offers a timely contribution to conceptualising the challenges of the 21st century. The conjunction of both provinciality and universality, the connectivity and fragmentation of the Mediterranean continues to be at the basis of the European matrix of all possible (hi)stories.

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