The 20th century has witnessed crucial changes in our perceptions of Europe. Two world
wars and many regional conflicts, the end of empires and of the Eastern Bloc, the creation
and expansion of the European Union, and the continuous reshaping of Europe’s population
through emigration, immigration, and globalization have led to a proliferation of
images of Europe within the continent and beyond.
While Eurocentrism governs current public debates in Europe, this book takes a special
interest in literary and cinematographic imaginings of Europe that are produced from more
distant, decentred, or peripheral vantage points and across differences of political power,
ideological or ethnic affinity, cultural currency, linguistic practice, and geographical location.
The contributions to this book demonstrate how these particular imaginings of Europe,
often without first-hand experience of the continent, do not simply hold up a mirror to
Europe, but dare to conceive of new perspectives and constellations for Europe that call for
a shifting of critical positions. In so doing, the artistic visions from afar confirm the significance
of cultural imagination in (re)conceptualizing the past, present, and future of Europe.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial