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Barbarian: Explorations of a Western Concept in Modern Theory, Literature and the Arts

Vol. II: Twentieth and Twenty-first Century

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Buch. Hardcover



In englischer Sprache

Metzler Verlag, J.B.. ISBN 978-3-476-04610-9

Format (B x L): 15.5 x 23.5 cm


Since Greek antiquity, the 'barbarian' captivates the Western imaginary and operates as the antipode against which self-proclaimed civilized groups define themselves. Therefore, the study of the cultural history of barbarism is a simultaneous exploration of the shifting contours of European identity. This two-volume co-authored study explores the history of the concept 'barbarism' from the 18th century to the present and illuminates its foundational role in modern European and Western identity. It constitutes an original comparative, interdisciplinary exploration of the concept's modern European and Western history, with emphasis on the role of literature in the concept's shifting functions. Critically responding to the contemporary popularity of the term 'barbarian' in political rhetoric and the media, and its violent, exclusionary workings, the study contributes to a historically grounded understanding of this figure's past and contemporary uses. It combines overviews with detailed analyses of representative works of literature, art, film, philosophy, political and cultural theory, in which "barbarism" figures prominently.

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