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Editing the Nation's Memory

Europe's nation-states emerged from a complex of nineteenth-century developments in which cultural consciousness-raising played a formative role. The nineteenth-century reflection on Europe's national identities involved a re-inventory and revalorisation of the vernacular cultural past and, above all, the nation's literary heritage. Everywhere in Europe, foundational texts (including medieval epics and romances, ancient laws and chronicles) were retrieved from their obscure repositories. In new, printed editions, prepared according to the emerging academic standards of textual scholarship, they were appropriated, contested and canonised as public symbols of the nation's permanence in history. This often neglected, but crucially important Europe-wide process of 'editing the nation's memory' involved old states and emerging nations, large and small countries, metropolitan and peripheral regions; it straddled politics, the academic professionalization of textual scholarship and of the human sciences, and literary taste. This collection of studies by outstanding specialists offers a comparative synopsis on exemplary cases from all corners of the European continent.
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Authors in this volume Joep LEERSSEN: Introduction: Philology and the European Construction of National Literatures Texts Between Past and Present: European Readerships, National Rootedness Dirk VAN HULLE: A Darwinian Change in European Editorial Thinking Geert LERNOUT: The Angel of Philology Case Studies I: Emerging Canons Around the European Rim Darko DOLINAR: Slovene Text Editions, Slavic Philology and Nation-Building Paulius V. SUBACIUS: Inscribing Orality: The First Folklore Editions in the Baltic States Paula HENRIKSON: Scania Province Law and Nation-Building in Scandinavia Mary-Ann CONSTANTINE: Welsh Literary History and the Making of `The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales' Bernadette CUNNINGHAM: John O'Donovan's Edition of the Annals of the Four Masters: An Irish Classic? Joao DIONISIO: After the Lisbon Earthquake: Reassembling History Magi SUNYER: Medieval Heritage in the Beginnings of Modern Catalan Literature, 1780-1841 Philippe MARTEL: The Troubadours and the French State Case Studies II: European Cross-Currents: England, Germany and the Low Countries Tom SHIPPEY: The Case of Beowulf Thomas BEIN: Walther von der Vogelweide and Early-Nineteenth-Century Learning Herman BRINKMAN: Hoffmann von Fallersleben and Medieval Dutch Folksong Jan PAUWELS: Private to Public: Book Collecting and Philology in Early-Independent Belgium (1830-1880) Marita MATHIJSEN: Stages in the Development of Dutch Literary Historicism Joep LEERSSEN: The Nation's Canon and the Book Trade

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