Reconstructing Literature. Reflections on Cosmopolitan Literatures

  • Wim Verbaal (Ghent University)


This is a general introduction to and reflection on some of the concepts and questions that will be central to JOLCEL, highlighting the fundamental role of schooling in the formation and continuation of literary universes. It is argued, amongst others, that one cannot construe a thorough history of Europe’s national literatures without taking into account their roots in Latin schooling and texts – roots that run far deeper than the (already widely studied) ‘reception of the classical’. Vice versa, we cannot fully understand the internal workings and development of the Latin tradition without taking into account neighbouring, overlapping and competing literatures.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism, education, latinity, world literature, Latinitas, cosmopolitan literature, Latin Literature, school, European literature

How to Cite:

Verbaal, W., (2019) “Reconstructing Literature. Reflections on Cosmopolitan Literatures”, Journal of Latin Cosmopolitanism and European Literatures 1, 1-15. doi:

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Published on
12 Jun 2019
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