Faculty of Arts


Reinterpreting European Identities: Past and Present

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for EUROPEAN 703.


Focuses on themes relevant to European identity: the evolution and critique of European cultural models and historical memory. It provides a nuanced understanding of European identities, past and present, requisite for the integrated study of literature and culture with other subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Availability 2012

Not taught in 2012


Lecturer(s) Professor Jose Colmeiro
Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine
Dr Ruth Diver
Associate Professor Roberto Gonzalez-Casanovas
Dr Franco Manai
Coordinator(s) Professor Christine Arkinstall


European cultural models

Abu-Lughod, Janet L. Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350. Oxford UP, 1989.

Bartlett, Robert. Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, Cultural Change, 950-1350. Princeton UP, 1993.

Braudel, Fernand. Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century. Berkeley: U of California P, 1992.

Fernández-Armesto, F. Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Levi, Anthony. Renaissance and Reformation: The Intellectual Genesis. New Haven: Yale UP, 2002.

Manuel, Frank E. & Fritzie P. Utopian Thought in the Western World. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1979.

O’Shea, Stephen. Sea of Faith: Islam & Christianity in Medieval Mediterranean World. London: Profile, 2006.

Russell, J.B. Dissent and Order in the Middle Ages: Search for Legitimate Authority. New York: Twayne, 1992.

Siberry, Elizabeth. Criticism of Crusading: 1095-1274. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985.
Historical memory

Felman, Shoshana. The Juridical Unconscious: Trials and Traumas in the Twentieth Century. Harvard University Press, 2002.

Forester, Siblian, et al. (eds.). Over the Wall/After the Fall: Post Communist Cultures through an East-West Gaze. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2004.

Halbwachs, Maurice. The Collective Memory. Nueva York: Harper, 1980.

---. On Collective Memory. Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 1992.

Hansen, Stephen E. & Spohn, Willfried (eds.). Can Europe Work?: Germany and the Construction of Post-communist Societies. Seattle: U. Washington P, 1995.

Hobsbawn, Eric and Terence Ranger. The Invention of Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1983.

Keren, Michael, and Holger H Herwig.  War Memory and Popular Culture. Essays on Modes of Remembrance and Commemoration. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009.

Young, James E. The Texture of Memory. Holocaust, Memorials and Meaning. New Haven: Yale UP, 1993.

Recommended Reading


Two essays: 30% and 50% (3000 words and 5000 words, respectively); One oral presentation: 20% (2000 words)
Total: 10,000 words


EUROPEAN 703: 30.0 points

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