1st Edition

European Literary History An Introduction

Edited By Maarten De Pourcq, Sophie Levie Copyright 2018
    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    This clear and engaging book offers readers an introduction to European Literary History from antiquity through to the present day. Each chapter discusses a short extract from a literary text, whilst including a close reading and a longer essay examining other key texts of the period and their place within European Literature. Offering a view of Europe as an evolving cultural space and examining the mobility and travel of literature both within and out of Europe, this guide offers an introduction to the dynamics of major literary networks, international literary networks, publication cultures and debates, and the cultural history of 'Europe' as a region as well as a concept.

    List of illustrations

    List of contributors

    General Introduction

    Maarten De Pourcq

    PART I


    André Lardinois and Claire Stocks

    1.1 Introduction

    André Lardinois and Claire Stocks

    1.2 Travelling in Greek and Roman Literature

    Rebecca Armstrong and Katherine Clarke

    Homer, Odyssey

    1.3 Experiencing Life and Love

    Ellen Greene and André Lardinois

    Sappho, "Sappho’s Prayer to Aphrodite"

    1.4 Performing Culture

    Bernhard Zimmermann

    Sophocles, Antigone

    1.5 Making Literature

    Koen De Temmerman and Bé Breij

    Horace, Ars Poetica

    1.6 Remembering the Past

    Nita Krevans and Ruth Scodel

    Horace, Ode 3.30


    Middle Ages

    Frank Brandsma and Erik Kooper

    2.1 Introduction

    Frank Brandsma

    2.2 Desiring

    Roy Rosenstein

    Jaufre Rudel, "Vida"

    2.3 Searching for the Grail

    Frank Brandsma

    Chrétien de Troyes, Le Conte du Graal

    2.4 Reaching Salvation

    Roberto Rea

    Dante Alighieri, Commedia

    2.5 Telling Tales

    Erik Kooper

    Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales

    2.6 Self-Fashioning

    Madeleine Jeay

    Christine de Pizan, Le Livre de la Cité des dames


    Early Modern Period

    Nina Geerdink and Alicia C. Montoya

    3.1 Introduction

    Nina Geerdink and Alicia C. Montoya

    3.2 Staging

    Nina Geerdink and Yolanda Rodríguez Pérez

    Joost van den Vondel, Palamedes, oft vermoorde onnooselheyd

    3.3 Reading

    Robert Folger and Konstantin Mierau

    Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

    3.4 Exploring new worlds

    Konstantin Mierau, Alicia C. Montoya and Catriona Seth

    Luís Vaz de Camões, Os Lusíadas

    3.5 Corresponding

    Catriona Seth

    Choderlos de Laclos, Les liaisons dangereuses

    3.6 Educating

    Alicia C. Montoya

    Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Magasin des enfants


    The Long Nineteenth Century

    Marguérite Corporaal and Lotte Jensen

    4.1 Introduction

    Marguérite Corporaal and Lotte Jensen

    4.2 Feeling

    Anke Gilleir

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werther

    4.3 Defining the Nation

    Lotte Jensen

    Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

    4.4 Circulating Traditions

    Marguérite Corporaal and Raphaël Ingelbien

    Hans Christian Andersen, Snedronningen

    4.5 Selling Literature

    Chris Louttit

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret

    4.6 Emancipating

    Marguérite Corporaal and Sophie Levie

    Lev Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

    PART V

    The Modern Era

    Helleke van den Braber, Sophie Levie and Mathijs Sanders

    5.1 Introduction

    Helleke van den Braber, Sophie Levie and Mathijs Sanders

    5.2 Breaking Boundaries

    Sophie Levie

    Gabriele d’Annunzio, Il Piacere

    5.3 Ordering Chaos

    Kai Evers

    Franz Kafka, In der Strafkolonie

    5.4 Marketing Literature

    Helleke van den Braber and Mathijs Sanders

    D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    5.5 Writing the City

    László Muntéan and Pedro Lange

    Heinrich Böll, Der Engel schwieg

    5.6 Changing Europe

    Theo D’haen

    Zadie Smith, White Teeth


    Index of terms

    Index of authors and works


    Maarten De Pourcq is Professor of European Literature at Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.

    Sophie Levie is Professor emeritus of Literary and Cultural Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.