Spaces of Longing and Belonging

Territoriality, Ideology and Creative Identity in Literature and Film

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Spaces of Longing and Belonging offers the reader theoretical and interpretative studies of spatiality centered on a variety of literary and cultural contexts. It brings new and complementary insights to bear on creative uses of spatiality in artistic texts and generally into the field of spatiality as a cultural phenomenon, especially, although not exclusively, in terms of literary space. Ranging over questions of aesthetics, politics, sociohistorical concerns, issues of postcoloniality, transculturality, ecology and features of interpersonal spaces, among others, the essays provide a considerable collection of innovative pieces of scholarship on important questions relating to literary spatiality generally, as well as detailed analyses of particular works and authors. The volume includes ground-breaking theoretical investigations of crucial dimensions of spatiality in a context of increased global awareness.

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Biographical Note

Brigitte Le Juez, CompLit Associate Professor (DCU), recently co-edited four collections on “Longing and Belonging” in online journals: The Wenshan Review, Between and Çédille; and a book, (Re)Writing Without Borders. Contemporary Intermedial Perspectives on Literature and the Visual Arts (2018).

Bill Richardson is Emeritus Professor in Spanish at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has published monographs, articles, edited collections and book-chapters on Spanish culture and society and on Latin American and Spanish Literature, including the book Borges and Space (2012).

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction
Brigitte Le Juez and Bill Richardson
1 Belonging to the Periphery of the Planet
Bertrand Westphal

PART 1
In-between Territories
2 Home/land: Diasporic Space and Topologies of Relation in Nimrod’s L’Or des rivières (Chad, 2010)
Polo B. Moji
3 Poetics of the Shipping Forecast
Sanna Nyqvist
4 “That Other Unreality”: Place, Non-place and the Fantastic in Julio Cortázar’s “La Isla A Mediodía” (1966)
Ivan Kenny
5 Longing and Belonging in Contemporary Finland-Swedish Literature
Kaisa Kurikka, Hanna Lahdenperä, Kristina Malmio and Julia Tidigs
6 The Longing of Lafcadio Hearn for his Own Japan
Rodger Williamson

PART 2
Ideological Sites of Belonging
7 Spatial Patterns in Literary Fiction: the Case of Delibes’s The Holy Innocents
Bill Richardson
8 Romantic Poets and the Legend of the Haunted Cave of Hercules
Pilar Vega Rodríguez
9 Longing and Belonging: Space, Time and Intertextuality in the Post-Colonial Theatre of Wole Soyinka
Rosa Branca Figueiredo
10 Race and Post-9/11 Arab-American Identity: Contestatory Agency in the Poetic Discourse of Suheir Hammad and Andrea Assaf
Omar Baz Radwan

PART 3
Space, Affect and Identity
11 Remaking Creativity: H Story, Nobuhiro Suwa’s Transposition of Hiroshima Mon Amour
Brigitte Le Juez
12 Signifying the Nation: (in)Communication, Absence and National (Be)Longing in Marc Evans’s Patagonia (2010)
Jennifer Wood
13 The Outcasts of the Universe: Longing and Belonging in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s and Edgar Allan Poe’s London Tales
Andrea Chiurato
14 Place and the Representation of the Self: Milan Kundera’s Prague and Gu Hua’s Hibiscus Town
Gabriel F.Y. Tsang
15 Speaking the Past: Place as Inspiration and Nostalgia in Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul: Memories and the City and Peter Ackroyd’s London: The Biography
Aytül Özüm

Index

Readership

Researchers, academics, (post-graduate) students, libraries and educated laymen interested in comparative literature, literary theory and especially the connections between space and literature, as well as space and cultural forms generally.