Editing the Nation's Memory: Textual Scholarship and Nation-Building in Nineteenth-Century Europe available in Hardcover
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Europe’s nation-states emerged from a complex of nineteenth-century developments in which cultural consciousness-raising played a formative role. The nineteenth-century reflection on Europe’s national identities involved a re-inventory and revalorisation of the vernacular cultural past and, above all, the nation’s literary heritage. Everywhere in Europe, foundational texts (including medieval epics and romances, ancient laws and chronicles) were retrieved from their obscure repositories. In new, printed editions, prepared according to the emerging academic standards of textual scholarship, they were appropriated, contested and canonised as public symbols of the nation’s permanence in history. This often neglected, but crucially important Europe-wide process of ‘editing the nation’s memory’ involved old states and emerging nations, large and small countries, metropolitan and peripheral regions; it straddled politics, the academic professionalization of textual scholarship and of the human sciences, and literary taste. This collection of studies by outstanding specialists offers a comparative synopsis on exemplary cases from all corners of the European continent.
Table of Contents
Authors in this volumeJoep LEERSSEN: Introduction: Philology and the European Construction of National LiteraturesTexts Between Past and Present: European Readerships, National RootednessDirk VAN HULLE: A Darwinian Change in European Editorial ThinkingGeert LERNOUT: The Angel of PhilologyCase Studies I: Emerging Canons Around the European Rim Darko DOLINAR: Slovene Text Editions, Slavic Philology and Nation-BuildingPaulius V. SUBAČIUS: Inscribing Orality: The First Folklore Editions in the Baltic StatesPaula HENRIKSON: Scania Province Law and Nation-Building in ScandinaviaMary-Ann CONSTANTINE: Welsh Literary History and the Making of ‘The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales’Bernadette CUNNINGHAM: John O’Donovan’s Edition of the Annals of the Four Masters: An Irish Classic?João DIONÍSIO: After the Lisbon Earthquake: Reassembling HistoryMagí SUNYER: Medieval Heritage in the Beginnings of Modern Catalan Literature, 1780-1841Philippe MARTEL: The Troubadours and the French StateCase Studies II: European Cross-Currents: England, Germany and the Low CountriesTom SHIPPEY: The Case of BeowulfThomas BEIN: Walther von der Vogelweide and Early-Nineteenth-Century LearningHerman BRINKMAN: Hoffmann von Fallersleben and Medieval Dutch FolksongJan PAUWELS: Private to Public: Book Collecting and Philology in Early-Independent Belgium (1830-1880)Marita MATHIJSEN: Stages in the Development of Dutch Literary HistoricismJoep LEERSSEN: The Nation’s Canon and the Book Trade