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Roberto Dainotto
Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)
Europe in Theory: Cultural Identity and the North-South Divide

I would use this grant to complete a manuscript on the theorization of European identity. Much has been written on the ways in which Europe--the West--has theorized itself, since the times of the Persian Wars, as a moral and political antithesis to the Orient. My argument is that, by the second half of the Eighteenth Century, a new antithesis between North and South supplements the traditional one of West and East: as Europe starts being defined in self-sufficient terms, colonial Orientalism doubles into an internal, Southernist one.

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Project fields:
Comparative Literature

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003