Joep Leerssen

Joep Leerssen is Royal Netherlands Academy Professor of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His studies on the connection between literature, historical awareness and nationalism have won him an international reputation. He was awarded the 2008 Spinoza Prize (Holland’s premier academic award) and held the Erasmus Lecturership at Harvard in 2003. His National Thought in Europe was shortlisted for the 2007 European Book Prize and his Remembrance and Imagination was one of the Times Literary Supplement’s Books of the Year in 1996.

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

European culture as myth and image

(Vantilt, 2011, 204 pages)

In Hall of Mirrors, historian of literature and culture Joep Leerssen presents a cultural-historical profile of Europe that avoids both the platitudes of Eurocen­trism and hand-wringing over past wrongs. Rejecting the current tendency to limit the idea of ‘Europe’ to the debates around economic or political projects, Leerssen traces the cultural impact of a European sense of identity which, he argues, offers an excellent antidote to national chauvinism.

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