Contested Identities [electronic resource]: Literary Negotiations in Time and Place
- Nicholson, Roger
- Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publisher Sept. 2015 Bristol : ISD [Distributor]
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- 310 p.
- Additional Creators:
- Marquis, Claudia and Szamosi, Gertrud
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- Annotation This volume brings together essays that, both individually and collectively, address the force of the literary text with regard to problematic identities. They work out of shared concerns with literary representations of this issue from different regions, nations and communities that often prove divided, and pursue questions related to textual identity, where the literary text itself is contested internally, or in its generic and historical relations. In sum, these studies actively test identity, as social or literary concept, discovering in difference the very condition of a useful, if paradoxical, sense of personal or textual coherence. What happens to us when we move between different cultures or different societies, defined in geographical or historical terms? What happens to texts and textual practices in these same circumstances? What happens to us when we are obliged to adapt to a new social order? Homi Bhabha speaks of cultural difference as calling into play what he calls cultural translation. What happens to identity, the narrative that fashions a continued sense of self, in this case? Difference, raised to alterity, demands that we accord functional and philosophical value not just to other aspects, but also to the aspect of the other. At the level of personal or textual agency, however, difference contests and threatens to subvert stable selfhood, composing a scene of conflict; yet, even so, it often proves to be instrumental to a re-charged sense of the cultural valence of the literary text-not least by virtue of its political implications. In this regard, the border-where difference materialises-has considerable presence in the contributions to this volume, prompting appreciation of not only texts that work on or travel across such borders, however haphazardly and dangerously, but also those that compose border textualities.
- 9781443878463 and 1443878464 (Trade Cloth)
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- College Audience Cambridge Scholars Publisher
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