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The relation between literature and mobility is not only a matter of representation, but also of affects and emotions. Drawing on recent work in affect studies, this chapter argues that literature can engage intractable, non-subjective, even impersonal affects in a way that can enrich existing approaches to translocality. It reads two recent New York novels, Teju Cole’s Open City and Ben Lerner’s 10:04, and shows how these novels displace a subjective, personal form of emotion by a form of affective mobility that cuts across individuals, communities, and categories. In that way, the two novels illustrate the political potential of such literary affective mobility: they show how the novels’ engagement with impersonal affect opens the way to an apprehension of a transpersonal community—a community that is not only made up of full-fledged persons, but also of less easily contained forces.

In: Geographies of Affect in Contemporary Literature and Visual Culture
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Cultural Identity and Postmodern Writing seeks to ascertain the relationship obtaining between the specific form postmodernism assumes in a given culture, and the national narrative in which that culture traditionally recognizes itself. Theo D’haen provides a general introduction to the issue of “cultural identity and postmodern writing.” Jos Joosten and Thomas Vaessens take a look at Dutch literature, and particular Dutch poetry, in relation to “postmodernism.” Robert Haak and Andrea Kunne do the same with regard to, respectively, German and Austrian literature, while Roel Daamen turns to Scottish literature. Patricia Krus discusses postmodernism in relation to Caribbean literature, and Kristian van Haesendonck and Nanne Timmer turn their attention to Puerto Rican and Cuban literature, while Adriana Churampi deals with Peruvian literature. Finally, Markha Valenta investigates the roots of the postmodernism debate in the United States. This volume is of interest to all students and scholars of modern and contemporary literature, and to anyone interested in issues of identity as linked to matters of culture.
In: Re-Thinking Europe
In: Re-Thinking Europe
In: Re-Thinking Europe
Literature and (Trans)National Identity
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Re-Thinking Europe sets out to investigate the place of the idea of Europe in literature and comparative literary studies. The essays in this collection turn to the past, in which Europe became synonymous with a tradition of peace and tolerance beyond national borders, and enter into a critical dialogue with the present, in which Europe has increasingly become associated with a history of oppression and violence. The different essays together demonstrate how the idea of Europe cannot be thought apart from the tension between the regional and the global, between nationalism and pluralism, and can therefore be re-thought as an opportunity for an identity beyond national or ethnic borders. Engaging contemporary discourses on hybrid, postcolonial, and transnational identity, this volume shows how literature can function as both a vital tool to forge new identities and a power subversive of such attempts at identity-formation. Like Europe, it is always marked by the tension between integration and resistance. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of modern literature, comparative literature, and European studies, as well as people concerned with cultural memory and the relation between literature and cultural identity.

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