An Emerging European Literary Field

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    • Presentation speakers
      • Lia Durán Mogollón, University of Siegen, Germany


    The initiatives directed towards the construction of shared literary historiography and the creation of shared instances of consecration for new European writers resemble some of the stages in the processes of construction of national literatures both, inside and outside of Europe. (Cleary 2002; Corse 2006) The construction of a national (or regional) literature is considered part of the consolidation of the imagined dimension of the nation, since it implies processes of gathering and structuring the existing tradition, and generating authorities and instances for the organization, diffusion and structuring of the new narratives. (Cleary 2002 Mautner Wassermann 1994, Corse 2006 ) The EU has targeted researchers and instructors of literature in order to promote the “teaching of European literature or the teaching of literature from a European perspective”. This interest is manifested on the Doc. 11527 14 February 2008 “Promoting the teaching of European literature”. This statement does not further elaborate on the kind of concrete actions which should be taken to accomplish this, but nonetheless there have been some initiatives encouraging the encounters of literary scholars with the purpose of harmonizing curricula. Among the aforementioned: the 2007 Research Conference on Literature for Europe held at Vadstena Sweden and the Linköping University which gathered several European literary scholars in order to raise the discussion about the topic of European literature; in terms of heritage, production, didactics, trends, etc. The common market and the EU´s cultural policies and their possible effects on the flows of literary exchange within the European space and the Europeanization in terms of sales and teaching of literature are relevant subjects of research in the process of establishing the concrete extent to which one could start speaking of a European literary field.