Writers as Public Intellectuals

Literature, Celebrity, Democracy

  • Odile Heynders

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature book series (PMEL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Odile Heynders
    Pages 1-25
  3. H. M. Enzensberger
    Pages 26-51
  4. Slavenka Drakulić, Dubravka Ugresić
    Pages 52-73
  5. Bernard-Henri Lévy
    Pages 74-96
  6. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Pages 97-120
  7. David van Reybrouck, Geert van Istendael
    Pages 121-138
  8. Hamed Abdel-Samad
    Pages 139-159
  9. Elif Shafak
    Pages 160-181
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 182-218

About this book


This book demonstrates how authors performing the role of a public intellectual discuss ideas and opinions regarding society while using literary strategies and devices in and beyond the text. Their assumed persona thereby reads the world as a book - interpreting it and offering alternative scenarios for understanding it.


Modern European literature Society Literary device Persona Satire democracy Europe fiction modern European literature public intellectuals society

Authors and affiliations

  • Odile Heynders
    • 1
  1. 1.Tilburg UniversityThe Netherlands

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