Description Across the Atlantic de Luisa Passerini:
This book is the result of an experiment in advanced teaching and learning which took place as a joint effort of the Departments of History at the European University Institute, Florence, and at New York University in the years 1996-1999. The experiment brought together fifteen graduate students and six professors from the two institutions, and included two workshops and a conference, in which also other scholars participated. Junior and senior scholars explored how and to what extent reciprocal exchanges between Europe and the USA in the period from the end of the XVIIIth century to the present were connected with and meaningful for their researches. The papers that have emerged from this approach also discuss the methodology of history: issues such as the relations between representations, identities, material production and consumption are challenged. The reciprocity of European representations of America and of American visions of Europe comes out clearly as does the impossibility of studying the symbolic considering the material and vice versa.
The Editor: Luisa Passerini is Professor of History of the Twentieth Century at the European University Institute, Florence. Among her recent books are: Identita culturale europea: idee, sentimenti, relazioni (as editor), Firenze 1998- Europe in Love, Love in Europe. Imagination and Politics Between the Wars (as author), London 1999. Her ongoing research is about the historical relationships between the discourse on Europe and the discourse on love, while deconstructing Eurocentrism from within.