In Europe, love has been given a prominent place in European self-representations from the Enlightenment onwards. The category of love, stemming from private and personal spheres, was given a public function and used to distinguish European civilisation from others. Contributors to this volume trace historical links and analyse specific connections between the two discourses on love and Europe over the course of the twentieth century, exploring the distinctions made between the public and private, the political and personal. In doing so, this volume develops an invative historiography that includes such resources as autobiographies, love letters, and cinematic representations, and takes issue with the exclusivity of Eurocentrism. Its contributors put forth hypotheses about the historical pre-eminence of emotions and consider this history as a basis for a n-Eurocentric understanding of new possible European identities.
Luisa Passerini is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Turin and External Professor of History and Civilisation at the European University Institute, Florence. Her publications include Europe in Love, Love in Europe: Imagination and Politics Between the Wars (1999), Memory and Utopia: The Primacy of Intersubjectivity (2007), Love and the Idea of Europe (2009), and Figures d'Europe: Images and Myths of Europe (editor, 2003). Liliana Ellena is a historian working at the University of Turin, Italy. She has edited the new Italian edition of Frantz Fanon's I dannati della terra (2000), is the co-author of Il Quarto Stato. La fortuna di un'immagine tra cultura e politica (2002), and has recently co-edited a special issue of Zapruder (2007) on transnational women's movements. Alexander C.T. Geppert is Emmy Noether Research Group Director at Freie Universitat Berlin. He has held various long-term fellowships in Berkeley, Paris, London, Vienna, Essen and at Harvard University. His publications include numerous articles, five edited volumes as well as Fleeting Cities: Imperial Expositions in Fin-de-siecle Europe (2010), and Imagining Outer Space: European Astroculture in the Twentieth Century (editor, 2010).
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Making Sense of History
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Alexander C. T. Geppert, Liliana Ellena, Luisa Passerini