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.
"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
Series: Essays from the English Institute
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 19th December 2000
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1