Creating a ‘Union in Diversity’ : European Identity in Twentieth Century Narratives of Travel

Rhian Collings


Situated in the theories presented by Peter A. Kraus and Ulrich Beck, this article analyzes narratives of travel with relation to European identity formation throughout the twentieth century. In comparing and contrasting the narratives of Paul Morand’s L’Europe galante, Stefan Zweig’s The World of Yesterday, Primo Levi’s La tregua, and finally, Paul Theroux’s The Pillars of Hercules, I will explore the relationship between language and national identity within the context of Europe and beyond. Applying my chosen theories to these texts presents a framework for the possibility of world peace and global democracy through an embracement of diversity and celebration of difference. 

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