Uniting the Two Torn Halves

Ana Clara Birrento
University of Évora, Portugal

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Ingår i: Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 25:16, s. 143-149

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Publicerad: 2007-11-27


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


In a time when an on-going process of global restructuring affects all the social; political and economic structures and processes; in an era of choices; of liquidity and of ambivalence; one critical issue emerges from all these restructuring processes: the central role of Humanities and particularly the role of literature. The aim of this paper is to relate the study of literature to the study of culture; bearing in mind that literary texts codify patterns and structures of feeling; becoming creative; ethical; aesthetic and political projects. By reading the literary texts in a practice of aesthetic and political concerns we put into perspective what seems to be the two torn parts; the two antinomies: high culture and common culture; in an inclusive process of the ideas; attitudes; practices; institutions; structures of power; economy; sociology; history; as well as the cultural practices; the artistic forms; the texts and the canons.


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