Exile in Global Literature and Culture: Homes Found and Lost

1st Edition

Asher Z. Milbauer, James Sutton

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July 17, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 312 Pages
ISBN 9780367497897 - CAT# K464606

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Summary

Prompted by centuries of warfare, political oppression, natural disasters, and economic collapses, exile has had an enormous impact not only on individuals who have undergone transplantation from one culture to another, but also on the host societies they have joined and those worlds they have left behind. Written by prominent literary critics, creative authors, and artists, the essays gathered within Exile in Global Literature and Culture: Homes Found and Lost will meditate upon the painful journeys—geographic, spiritual, emotional, psychological—brought about due to exilic rupture, loss and dislocation. Yet, exile also fosters potential pleasures and rewards: to extend scholar Martin Tucker’s formulation, wherever the exile might land in flight, he bears with him the sweetness of survival, the triumph of transcendence, the luxury of liminality, the invitation to innovate and invent in new lands. Indeed, exile embodies both blessing and curse, homes found and lost. Furthermore, this book will adhere to (and test) the premise that exile‘s deepest and innermost currents are manifested through writing and other artistic forms.

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