In the nineteenth century, Romantic artists and intellectuals celebrated the character and traditions of their nation in a movement that began as cultural consciousness-raising and fed into autonomist nationalism. This cultural definition of the nation and its right to self-government formed the blueprint under the European nation-state system implemented after 1918. A century later, the afterlife of this national romanticism lives on in two forms: as "banal" (ambient, "background") nationalism, Downton-Abbey-style; and in the rhetoric and imagery of the neo-nationalist alt-right. This lecture will trace this "long tail" of Romantic nationalism.
|Date||5 March 2018|
Prof. Dr. Joep Leerssen is Professor of Modern European Literature, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
|Convenor:||Dr. Maxim Kupovykh|