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Cosmopolitan Geographies : New Locations in Literature and Culture - Vinay Dharwadker

Cosmopolitan Geographies

New Locations in Literature and Culture

By: Vinay Dharwadker (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 19th December 2000
ISBN: 9780415925068
Number Of Pages: 224

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Cosmopolitanism is back. A quarter century ago, the word described an aesthetic stance; today, the term is rich with political meaning. The cosmopolitan-the "citizen of the world"-is unconstrained by national boundaries. Today, the idea of the cosmopolitan is changing as the world changes: the rise of international capital, the alteration of borders, local and transnational demands for autonomy are all making cosmopolitanism a key concept in the study of people and language, writing, and space. "Cosmopolitan Geographies" considers the struggles at the heart of the subject-inclusion vs. exclusion, nation vs. world, globalization vs. local economy-not only in our own time but across centuries. "Cosmopolitan Geographies" asks whether in our rush to globalization we can sustain the geo-cultural ideal of cosmopolitan identity.

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"Lively, smart, compelling, this book reclaims and redefines cosmopolitanism in a wide range of periods and places. Its first-rate essays will be of keen interest to anyone grappling with questions of transnational and intercultural experience." -Jahan Ramazani, author of "The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in English ""Cosmopolitan Geographies suggests that the geographical diversity as well as the long history of 'cosmopolitanism' is absolutely vital for imagining a non-ethnocentric international humanism today. The essays in this important volume bring together a rich variety of historical contexts, literary practices, and political imperatives in order to provoke us to rethink the relationship between national cultures and internationalism, and between cultural difference and universalism." -Ania Loomba, Professor of English, University of Illinois and author of "Colonialism/Postcolonialism

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Cosmopolitanism in its Time and Placep. 1
The Village of the Liberal Managerial Classp. 15
"The Metropol and the Mayster-Toun": Cosmopolitanism and Late Medieval Literaturep. 33
The Cartographic Imagination: Balzac in Parisp. 63
Anne Frank and Hannah Arendt, Universalism and Pathosp. 89
Chinese Cosmopolitanism in Two Senses and Postcolonial National Memoryp. 133
Theater and Cosmopolitanism: New Stories, Old Stagesp. 171
Cosmopolitan Readingp. 197
Contributorsp. 229
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ISBN: 9780415925068
ISBN-10: 0415925061
Series: Essays from the English Institute
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 19th December 2000
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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