Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture: Static Heroes, Social Movements and Empowerment

1st Edition

Ana M. Manzanas, Jesús Benito Sanchez

Routledge
Published February 5, 2018
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9781138547902 - CAT# K375810
Series: Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature

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Summary

Occupying Space in American Literature and Culture inscribes itself within the spatial turn that permeates the ways we look at literary and cultural productions. The volume seeks to clarify the connections between race, space, class, and identity as it concentrates on different occupations and disoccupations, enclosures and boundaries. Space is scaled up and down, from the body, the ground zero of spatiality, to the texturology of Manhattan; from the striated place of the office in Melville’s "Bartleby, the Scrivener" on Wall Street, to the striated spaces of internment camps and reservations; from the lowest of the low, the (human) clutter that lined the streets of Albany, NY, during the Depression, to the new Towers of Babel that punctuate the contemporary architecture of transparencies. As it strings together these spatial narratives, the volume reveals how, beyond the boundaries that characterize each space, every location has loose ends that are impossible to contain.

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