Since 1989, Europe's eastern rim has been in constant flux. This collection focuses on how political and economic transformations have triggered redefinitions of cultural identity. Using discursive modes of identity construction (deconstruction, reconstruction, reformulation, and invention) the book focuses on the creation of opposition to old and new 'outsiders' and 'insiders' in Europe. The linguistic study of discourse elements in connection with an exploration of the significance of metaphors in anchoring individual and collective identity is innovative and allows for a unique analysis of public discourse in Europe.
Ljiljana SariAE is Professor of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian at the University of Oslo. Her publications include Discourses of Intercultural Identity in Britain, Germany and Eastern Europe (co-editor, 2004), and Red-Letter Days and Discursive Identity Construction in Central Europe and the Balkans (co-editor, forthcoming). Andreas Musolff is Professor of Intercultural Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia. His books include Metaphor, Nation and the Holocaust (2010) and Metaphor and Political Discourse (2004). He has co-edited Metaphor and Discourse (2009) and several volumes comparing British and German political debates about the European Union. Stefan Manz is Senior Lecturer and Director of German Studies at Aston University. Publications include Discourses of Intercultural Identity in Britain, Germany and Eastern Europe (2004, co-edited) and Migration and Transfer from Germany to Britain, 1660a "1914 (2007, co-edited). Ingrid Hudabiunigg is Professor Emeritus of German as a foreign language and European studies at the Technical University of Chemnitz (Germany). She has published extensively on discursive identity construction.
Introduction - Ljiljana Saric, Stefan Manz, Andreas Musolff, and Ingrid Hudabiunigg Part I Chapter 1 Expellees, Counterfactualism, and Potatoes. Enlargement and Cross-National Debates in German-Polish Relations - Stefan Manz Chapter 2 The Role of Metaphor in Shaping Cultural Stereotypes: A Case Study of French Public Discourse on European Union Enlargement - Steffen Buch and Uta Helfrich Chapter 3 Metaphors in German and Lithuanian Discourse Concerning the Expansion of the European Union - Sandra Petraskaite-Pabst Part II Chapter 4 Domestic and Foreign Media Images of the Balkans - Ljiljana Saric Chapter 5 Naming Strategies and Neighboring Nations in the Croatian Media - Dubravka Kuna and Branko Kuna Chapter 6 Mujahiddin in Our Midst: Bosnian Croats after the Wars of Succession - Daphne Winland Chapter 7 Construction of Serbian and Montenegrin Identities through Layout and Photographs of Leading Politicians in Official Newspapers - Tatjana Radanovic Felberg Chapter 8 Krekism and the Construction of Slovenian National Identity: Newspaper Commentaries on Slovenia's EU Integration - Andreja Vezovnik Chapter 9 The Linguistic Image of the Balkans in the Polish Press in Discourse on European Union Expansion - Pawel Bak Chapter 10 The Eternal Outsider? Scenarios of Turkey's Ambitions to Join the EU in the German Press - Andreas Musolff Part III Chapter 11 Contested Identities: Miroslav Krleza's Two Europes vs. the Notion of Europe's Edge - Ingrid Hudabiunigg Chapter 12 Masculinity and the New Sensibility: Reading a Contemporary Montenegrin Novel - Biljana Jovanovic Lauvstad Chapter 13 The Rhetoric of Present Absence: Representing Jewishness in Post-Totalitarian Poland - Knut Andreas Grimstad Conclusion - Ljiljana Saric