History of Nowhere: Border Space

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Narratives of the European Border examines the representation of shifting European borders in twentieth-century narrative. A work of literary geography, the book draws together an unusual grouping of texts from different national canons, comparing how fictional settings transmute European placelessness into narrative. In Central and Eastern Europe, where empire and nation have frequently been in conflict, the border condition is not anomalous but commonplace. The book concentrates on border transformations in ...

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Overview

Narratives of the European Border examines the representation of shifting European borders in twentieth-century narrative. A work of literary geography, the book draws together an unusual grouping of texts from different national canons, comparing how fictional settings transmute European placelessness into narrative. In Central and Eastern Europe, where empire and nation have frequently been in conflict, the border condition is not anomalous but commonplace. The book concentrates on border transformations in interwar narratives, and also considers more recent responses to the post-Cold War map.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403987204
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/10/2007
  • Series: Language, Discourse, Society Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD ROBINSON teaches in the Department of English at Gresham School, UK. He has taught Twentieth-century literature and theory in the School of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, and has published on James Joyce, Italo Svevo, and Kazuo Ishiguro.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• An Introduction to European Nowheres
• Place-in-Space/Space-in-Place: Theories of the Border
• From Border to Front: Italo Svevo's La coscienza di Zeno
• Recreating Habsburg Borders: The Later Fiction of Joseph Roth
• "The earth is what is not us": Yugoslavia in Rebecca West's Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
• Buckley in a General Russia: Finnegans Wake and Political Space
• Nowhere, in Particular: Kazuo Ishiguro's The Unconsoled and Central Europe
• Notes
• References
• Appendix: Maps
• Index

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