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📒Fiction Across Borders ✍ Shameem Black
📝Fiction Across Borders Book Synopsis : Theorists of Orientalism and postcolonialism argue that novelists betray political and cultural anxieties when characterizing "the Other." Shameem Black takes a different stance. Turning a fresh eye toward several key contemporary novelists, she reveals how "border-crossing" fiction represents socially diverse groups without resorting to stereotype, idealization, or other forms of imaginative constraint. Focusing on the work of J. M. Coetzee, Amitav Ghosh, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ruth Ozeki, Charles Johnson, Gish Jen, and Rupa Bajwa, Black introduces an interpretative lens that captures the ways in which these authors envision an ethics of representing social difference. They not only offer sympathetic portrayals of the lives of others but also detail the processes of imagining social difference. Whether depicting the multilingual worlds of South and Southeast Asia, the exportation of American culture abroad, or the racial tension of postapartheid South Africa, these transcultural representations explore social and political hierarchies in constructive ways. Boldly confronting the orthodoxies of recent literary criticism, Fiction Across Borders builds upon such seminal works as Edward Said's Orientalism and offers a provocative new study of the late twentieth-century novel.
📒Science Fiction Beyond Borders ✍ Shawn Edrei
📝Science Fiction beyond Borders Book Synopsis : Since the turn of the previous century, science fiction and its native tropes have been used by authors, artists, filmmakers and critics in order to challenge boundaries – whether these be conceptual, literary or metaphorical. Uniquely inherent to the genre is its ability to explore, as a form of thought experiment, different ways of crossing and subverting borders previously thought to be inviolable; these transgressions and their effects on popular culture have in turn led to an increased presence of science fiction studies in academia. This volume features papers presented at the 2014 and 2015 Science Fiction Symposia, held at Tel-Aviv University. These essays, submitted by an eclectic mix of scholars from different disciplines, institutes and walks of life, demonstrate the diversity and adaptability of science fiction as a tool for asking – and answering – impossible questions.
📒Riding Writing Across Borders In North American Travelogues And Fiction ✍ Waldemar Zacharasiewicz
📝Riding writing Across Borders in North American Travelogues and Fiction Book Synopsis : English summary: The volume combines 24 essays by international experts, which investigate wide range of non-fiction and fictional texts, which represent the themes of crossing borders and the experience of other regions. In recent decades the real and imaginary depiction of movement, whether in the form of migration or in the form of individual (long-distance) travel, has gained more and more importance and has inspired the development of international travel literature as well as its exploration in cultural and literary fields. On account of the analysis of the transatlantic experiences of European travelers in the 19th century, the articles open up new perspectives on autobiographical and fictional representations of contemporary Canadian and US-American authors. Inspired by these representations, the essays investigate the complex meanings and consequences of overstepping political, as well as geographic borders within and without of the North American continent, and the passing of invisible lines of demarcation between ethnicities. Moreover, the essays also explore the overstepping of boundaries in the field of media, the poetic depiction of images, or even the given conquest of spatial and temporal boundaries in the "global fiction" in North America. A creative study of the prominent Canadiam author Aritha van Herk begins the series of essays, whose interdisciplinarity is visible in the application of methods from social psychology, cultural anthropology, art history and comparative studies. The volume is especially geared towards literary and cultural scholars, who study Canadian and American texts as well as to all readers who are interested in travel literature. German description: Der Band vereinigt 24 Essays von internationalen ExpertInnen, welche eine Vielfalt an Sachbuechern und fiktionalen Texten untersuchen, in denen die Ã_berquerung von Grenzen und das Erleben anderer Regionen thematisiert werden. In den letzten Jahrzehnten gewann die reale und imaginÃ¤re Darstellung von Bewegung, sei es in Form von Migration, oder in Form von individuellen (Fern)Reisen, immer mehr an Bedeutung und hat die Entfaltung der internationalen Reiseliteratur ebenso befluegelt, wie auch deren Erforschung im kultur- und literaturwissenschaftlichen Bereich. Neben der Analyse der transatlantischer Erfahrungen europÃ¤ischer Reisender im 19. Jahrhundert, erÃ¶ffnen die AufsÃ¤tze neue Perspektiven auf autobiographische und fiktionale Darstellungen von zeitgenÃ¶ssischen kanadischen und US amerikanischen AutorInnen. Angeregt durch diese, werden die komplexen Bedeutungen und Konsequenzen des Ã_berschreitens politischer, aber auch geographischer Grenzen innerhalb und ausserhalb des nordamerikanischen Kontinents, sowie des Passierens von unsichtbaren Demarkationslinien zwischen Ethnien untersucht. Aber auch die Grenzueberschreitungen im Bereich der Medien, etwa bei der poetischen Darstellung von GemÃ¤lden, oder auch die in der "globalen Fiktion" in Nordamerika gegebene Ã_berwindung von rÃ¤umlichen und zeitlichen Grenzen werden ergruendet. Ein kreativer Beitrag der prominenten kanadischen Autorin Aritha van Herk erÃ¶ffnet die Reihe der Essays, deren InterdisziplinaritÃ¤t in der Anwendung von Methoden der Sozialpsychologie, Kulturanthropologie, Kunstgeschichte und Komparatistik sichtbar wird. Der Band richtet sich besonders an Komparatisten, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschafter, die kanadische und US amerikanische Texte studieren, sowie an alle Leser, die an Reiseliteratur interessiert sind.
📒Writing Women Across Borders And Categories ✍ Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn
📝Writing Women Across Borders and Categories Book Synopsis : " Generally held to be rigid, borders and categories are nonetheless expanded when those bounded by the demarcations of hegemony, challenge its strictures. Significant instances of this constructive transgression can be found in the women's writing with which this collection of essays by international critics engages. Whereas in travel writing by women (Sarah Hobson, Dervla Murphy, Jan Morris) `transgression' is seen to have settled into a familiar strategy, in autobiography (Ann Fanshawe. Margaret Cavendish, Christine Brooke-Rose), cultural analysis (Virginia Woolf, Marianna Torgovnick, Donna Haraway), and fiction (Michelle Cliff, Jeanette Winterson, Ellen Galford, Fiona Cooper), women have succeeded in creating an innovative space for themselves. "
📒Transcultural Writers And Novels In The Age Of Global Mobility ✍ Arianna Dagnino
📝Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility Book Synopsis : In Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility, Arianna Dagnino analyzes a new type of literature emerging from artists' increased movement and cultural flows spawned by globalization. This ""transcultural"" literature is produced by authors who write across cultural and national boundaries and who transcend in their lives and creative production the borders of a single culture. Dagnino's book contains a creative rendition of interviews conducted with five internationally renowned writers--Inez Baranay, Brian Castro, Alberto Manguel, Tim Parks, and Ilija Trojanow--and a critical exegesis reflecting on thematical, critical, and stylistical aspects. By studying the selected authors' corpus of work, life experiences, and cultural orientations, Dagnino explores the implicit, often subconscious, process of cultural and imaginative metamorphosis that leads transcultural writers and their fictionalized characters beyond ethnic, national, racial, or religious loci of identity and identity formation. Drawing on the theoretical framework of comparative cultural studies, she offers insight into transcultural writing related to belonging, hybridity, cultural errancy, the ""Other,"" worldviews, translingualism, deterritorialization, neonomadism, as well as genre, thematic patterns, and narrative techniques. Dagnino also outlines the implications of transcultural writing within the wider context of world literature(s) and identifies some of the main traits that characterize "transcultural novels." "Starting from the idea that we live in an age of increasing interconnectedness, the book focuses on the biographical experiences and literary outputs of a group of culturally mobile writers it defines as transcultural. The text combines a wide-ranging and systematic theoretical approach to transcultural literature with a section in which the author recounts imaginatively the in-depth interviews she had with five authors. The work is a significant contribution to scholarship, for it increases our theoretical awareness of today's literary developments, providing us with critical tools that enable us to approach literary texts with an innovative perspective." Maurizio Ascari, Universit� di Bologna.
📒Brooklyn Fictions ✍ James Peacock
📝Brooklyn Fictions Book Synopsis : Vast and diverse, Brooklyn is often portrayed in literature as a place of traditional community values and face-to-face relations, distinct from anonymous, capital-driven Manhattan. Brooklyn Fictions discovers what such representations of the New York borough can teach us about diversity and the individual, the local and the global. Combining analysis of popular texts such as Sister Souljah's The Coldest Winter Ever with more canonical novels such as Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude, this study draws on the work of a variety of theorists on community and globalization and uses Brooklyn as a case study for an exploration of the complex relationship between romantic ideals of community and global economic forces. With cites often depicted as sites of conflict and fear, this is a crucial contribution to our understanding of the contemporary urban community and the ethical issues involved in conceptualizing and portraying it in literature.
📒Cosmopolitanism And Place ✍ E. Johansen
📝Cosmopolitanism and Place Book Synopsis : Cosmopolitanism and Place considers the way contemporary Anglophone fiction connects global identities with the experience in local places. Looking at fiction set in metropolises, regional cities, and rural communities, this book argues that the everyday experience of these places produces forms of wide connections that emphasize social justice.
📒George Moore Across Borders ✍ Christine Huguet
📝George Moore Across Borders Book Synopsis : A truly cosmopolitan Irish writer, George Moore (1852-1933) was a fascinating figure of the fin de siècle, moving between countries, crossing genre and medium boundaries, forever exploring and promulgating aesthetic trends and artistic developments: Naturalism in the novel and the theatre, Impressionism in painting, Decadence and the avant-garde, Literary Wagnerism, the Irish Literary Revival, New Woman culture. This volume on border-crossings offers a variety of critical perspectives to approach Moore’s multifaceted oeuvre and personality. The essays by Contributors from various national backgrounds and from a wide range of disciplines establish original points of contact between literary creation, art history, Wagnerian opera, gender studies, sociology, and altogether reposition Moore as a major representative of European turn-of-the-century culture.
📝Accelerated Paces Travels Across Borders and Other Imaginary Boundaries Book Synopsis : Dodging down back-alleys in bomb-torn Beirut. Wheeling past God and traffic in Mombassa, Kenya. Slipping around the edges of Alzheimer?s disease, the Gulf War, and the eternity of CNN. Set somewhere between here and the heat-death of the universe, Jim Oaten?s debut collection serves up random samples of literal and literary truth scooped up at top speed. Whether peeking out from the backseat of Mom and Dad?s car or surveying the grimy wings of mental wards, Accelerated Paces hurdles that uneasy terrain between creative fact and honest fiction. These short stories and pieces ignore borders as they jaunt thorough external trips and internal voyages. This is both creative non-fiction and creative fiction, which follows the idea of crossing boundaries and blurring borders. Think part of this collection will be an explicit demonstration of how the two genres interplay, of how a non-fiction event can inspire a fictional piece, and, interestingly enough, the reverse as well. Stamp your passport, and step on the edge. Buy a ticket, and take the ride. Praise for Accelerated Paces: ?... the American writer?s influence (Hunter S. Thompson) is all over the essay collection Accelerated Paces. Whether it is a description of role-playing a cat in a mental health centre, careering through the streets of Mombasa in a taxi, or even attending a Robert McKee story seminar, Oaten?s writing constantly teeters on the blissed-out edge of chaos. ... For Oaten, verisimilitude is debased coinage, and the truth of a situation is captured in the vividness of language.? (Quill & Quire) ?... filled with personal voyages and literary truths. Blending topics such as the first Gulf war, CNN and religion with Oaten?s personal anecdotes and opinions, this book is nothing short of a good read.? (The Link) ?Accelerated Paces (Travels across borders and other imaginary boundaries) is Oaten?s first attempt at storybook recognition, and with an eclectic piece like this, it is bound to receive some literary acknowledgment.? (The Silhouette).
📒Accelerated Paces ✍ Jim Oaten
📝Accelerated Paces Book Synopsis : Dodging down back-alleys in bomb-torn Beirut. Wheeling past God and traffic in Mombassa, Kenya. Slipping around the edges of Alzheimer's disease, the Gulf War, and the eternity of CNN. Set somewhere between here and the heat-death of the universe, Jim Oaten's debut collection serves up random samples of literal and literary truth scooped up at top speed. Whether peeking out from the backseat of Mom and Dad's car or surveying the grimy wings of mental wards, 'Accelerated Paces' hurdles that uneasy terrain between creative fact and honest fiction. These short stories and pieces ignore borders as they jaunt thorough external trips and internal voyages. This is both creative non-fiction and creative fiction, which follows the idea of crossing boundaries and blurring borders. This collection is an explicit demonstration of how the two genres interplay, of how a non-fiction event can inspire a fictional piece, and, interestingly enough, the reverse as well. Stamp your passport, and step on the edge. Buy a ticket, and take the ride."Whether it is a description of role-playing a cat in a mental health centre, careering through the streets of Mombasa in a taxi, or even attedning a Robert McKee story seminar, Oaten's writing constantly teeters on the blissed-out edge of chaos." - Quill & Quire