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Europe’s Fe/Male Identity
Europe’s Fe/Male Identity

Author(s): Vilma-Irén Mihály
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Scientia Kiadó
Keywords: Europe; identity; female; male; myth

Summary/Abstract: The following study discusses Europe’s identity focussing upon questions such as how Europa’s destiny—the next of kin from Greek mythology—has influenced that of the continent, the relationship between Europe and its nations or Europe’s role in the world. According to French anthropologist Annick de Souzenelle, there is a lunar, that is female and a solar, that is a male side to both Europa and Europe but whereas the mythical figure failed to find and integrate the opposite within herself, Europe does still have the opportunity to discover its solar aspects and reach unity within itself and the world as a whole. Apart from the theory the present paper also tries to give examples from different fields of study such as politics, philosophy and literature, which shall underline Europe’s fe/male identity and role, e. g. Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech, Jose Ortega y Gasset’s Meditation on Europe, Sándor Márai’s Europe’s Abduction or Czeszlaw Milosz’s Native Realm.

  • Issue Year: 5/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 33-41
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English
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