Old Europe, New Europe, Eastern Europe: Reflections on a Minor Character in Fassbinder’s Ali, Fear Eats the Soul
Associate Professor, Department of English; Affiliated Faculty, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Faculty with the Feminist Critical Analysis Seminar
Originally Published In
Parvulescu, A. (2012). Old Europe, New Europe, Eastern Europe: Reflections on a Minor Character in Fassbinder's Ali, Fear Eats the Soul. New Literary History 43(4), 727-750, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/nlh.2012.0035
In today's Europe, the term Eurosceptic often accompanies accusations of retrograde nationalism, irrational feelings, even fanaticism. When applied to Europe, skepticism, one of the critic's formative traits, acquires a bad reputation, as if it can only be an annihilating, rather than constructive, form of doubt. And yet skepticism is a much-needed critical affect, particularly when it comes to Europe. If we need to be skeptical of anything, it is Europe. Today one hears claims about Europe having become postnational, postracial, even post-Europe. How else can the literary and cultural critic welcome such claims other than with a healthy dose of skepticism?
Parvulescu, Anca, "Old Europe, New Europe, Eastern Europe: Reflections on a Minor Character in Fassbinder’s Ali, Fear Eats the Soul" (2012). Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Research. 26.
Originally published in New Literary History, vol. 43, no. 4 © 2012 by Johns Hopkins University, http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/nlh/summary/v043/43.4.parvulescu.html