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Cartographic Strategies Of Postmodernity

Author: Peta Mitchell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135913935
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The last fifty years have witnessed the growing pervasiveness of the figure of the map in critical, theoretical, and fictional discourse. References to mapping and cartography are endemic in poststructuralist theory, and, similarly, geographically and culturally diverse authors of twentieth-century fiction seem fixated upon mapping. While the map metaphor has been employed for centuries to highlight issues of textual representation and epistemology, the map metaphor itself has undergone a transformation in the postmodern era. This metamorphosis draws together poststructuralist conceptualizations of epistemology, textuality, cartography, and metaphor, and signals a shift away from modernist preoccupations with temporality and objectivity to a postmodern pragmatics of spatiality and subjectivity. Cartographic Strategies of Postmodernity charts this metamorphosis of cartographic metaphor, and argues that the ongoing reworking of the map metaphor renders it a formative and performative metaphor of postmodernity.

Imagined Landscapes

Author: Jane Stadler
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253018498
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Imagined Landscapes teams geocritical analysis with digital visualization techniques to map and interrogate films, novels, and plays in which space and place figure prominently. Drawing upon A Cultural Atlas of Australia, a database-driven interactive digital map that can be used to identify patterns of representation in Australia’s cultural landscape, the book presents an integrated perspective on the translation of space across narrative forms and pioneers new ways of seeing and understanding landscape. It offers fresh insights on cultural topography and spatial history by examining the technical and conceptual challenges of georeferencing fictional and fictionalized places in narratives. Among the items discussed are Wake in Fright, a novel by Kenneth Cook, adapted iconically to the screen and recently onto the stage; the Australian North as a mythic space; spatial and temporal narrative shifts in retellings of the story of Alexander Pearce, a convict who gained notoriety for resorting to cannibalism after escaping from a remote Tasmanian penal colony; travel narratives and road movies set in Western Australia; and the challenges and spatial politics of mapping spaces for which there are no coordinates.

Contemporary Reconfigurations Of American Literary Classics

Author: Betina Entzminger
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415539641
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The number and popularity of novels that have overtly reconfigured aspects of classic American texts suggests a curious trend for both readers and writers, an impulse to retell and reread books that have come to define American culture. This book argues that by revising canonical American literature, contemporary American writers are (re)writing an American myth of origins, creating one that corresponds to the contemporary writer’s understanding of self and society. Informed by cognitive psychology, evolutionary literary criticism, and poststructuralism, Entzminger reads texts by canonical authors Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Alcott, Twain, Chopin, and Faulkner, and by the contemporary writers that respond to them. In highlighting the construction and cognitive function of narrative in their own and in their antecedent texts, contemporary writers highlight the fact that such use of narrative is universal and essential to human beings. This book suggests that by revising the classic texts that compose our cultural narrative, contemporary writers mirror the way human individuals consistently revisit and refigure the past through language, via self-narration, in order to manage and understand experience.

Diary Poetics

Author: Anna Jackson
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The diary is a genre that is often thought of as virtually formless, a "capacious hold-all" for the writerâe(tm)s thoughts, and as offering unmediated access to the diaristâe(tm)s true self. Focusing on the diaries of Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Joe Orton, John Cheever, and Sylvia Plath, this book looks at how six very different professional writers have approached the diary form with its particular demands and literary potential. As a sequence of separate entries the diary is made up of both gaps and continuities, and the different ways diarists negotiate these aspects of the diary form has radical effects on how their diaries represent both the world and the biographical self. The different published editions of the diaries by Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath show how editorial decisions can construct sometimes startlingly different biographical portraits. Yet all diaries are constructed, and all diary constructions depend on how the writer works with the diary form.

Continental Divides

Author: Rachel Adams
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226005515
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North America is more a political and an economic invention than a place people call home. Nonetheless, the region shared by the United States and its closest neighbors, North America, is an intriguing frame for comparative American studies. Continental Divides is the first book to study the patterns of contact, exchange, conflict, and disavowal among cultures that span the borders of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Rachel Adams considers a broad range of literary, filmic, and visual texts that exemplify cultural traffic across North American borders. She investigates how our understanding of key themes, genres, and periods within U.S. cultural study is deepened, and in some cases transformed, when Canada and Mexico enter the picture. How, for example, does the work of the iconic American writer Jack Kerouac read differently when his Franco-American origins and Mexican travels are taken into account? Or how would our conception of American modernism be altered if Mexico were positioned as a center of artistic and political activity? In this engaging analysis, Adams charts the lengthy and often unrecognized traditions of neighborly exchange, both hostile and amicable, that have left an imprint on North America’s varied cultures.


Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 3641134021
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Malik Solanka ist Professor für Ideengeschichte in Cambridge und leidenschaftlicher Puppenmacher. Als eines seiner Geschöpfe unerwartet zu einem fulminanten TV-Erfolg wird, verlässt Malik von einem Tag auf den anderen seine Familie in England und macht sich, getrieben von einer inneren Unruhe, auf den Weg nach New York. Doch auch hier kommt er nicht zur Ruhe, wird immer häufiger von unerklärlichen Wutausbrüchen heimgesucht und droht allmählich in einem Strudel seiner Gefühle, Gedanken und Gelüste unterzugehen.

Spatial Turn

Author: Jörg Döring
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839406838
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Warum reden alle vom Raum? Ist die Zeit der wissenschaftlichen Vorherrschaft der Zeit vorüber? Was tritt unter den Bedingungen der Globalisierung an die Stelle eines schwächelnden Fortschritts- und Entwicklungsparadigmas? Wenn mittlerweile fast alle Disziplinen in den Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften damit beschäftigt sind, ihre Diskurse zu »verräumlichen«, ist dann die Rede von einem »Spatial Turn« angemessen? Diese Anthologie leistet zweierlei: Zum ersten Mal erscheint auf dem deutschen Buchmarkt eine fächerübergreifende Anthologie zum Spatial Turn und zum ersten Mal findet eine Diskussion auch unter Beteiligung der Geographen statt - jenen »Raumspezialisten«, die sich in jüngster Zeit als scharfe Kritiker der fächerübergreifenden Raumkonjunktur profiliert haben.

Dante Als Dichter Der Irdischen Welt

Author: Erich Auerbach
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110867796
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Der Kulturhistoriker Erich Auerbach (1892-1957) zählt zu den bedeutendsten Kulturwissenschaftlern und Romanisten des 20. Jahrhunderts. Wie viele andere bedeutende Gelehrte emigrierte er früh aus Deutschland, um der Verfolgung durch die Nationalsozialisten zu entgehen. Bereits 1929 erschien sein Buch zu Dante, das trotz des etwas komplizierten Titels einen runden Gesamtüberblick über das dichterische Schaffen des italienischen Nationaldichters gibt. Auerbach spürte in der Göttlichen Komödie, Dantes Hauptwerk, viele Realismen auf. Rückbezüge auf die Welt des Irdischen bleiben auch im Grauen der Hölle, in der Hoffnung des Fegefeuers und in der religiösen Ekstase des Paradieses deutlich. Dante schildert beispielsweise viele Zeitgenossen und ihre Sünden, die dann entsprechend gebüßt werden. Bei Auerbach wird das Universum Dantes eindrucksvoll lebendig.