The Concept of the Foreign: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

The Concept of the Foreign: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

by Rebecca Saunders
     
 

The Concept of the Foreign investigates the diverse and consequential uses of the concept of the foreign—a formidable and hitherto untheorized force in everyday discourse and practice. This highly original work—whose experimental nature moves beyond traditional academic bounds—undertakes to theorize the meanings, deployments, and consequences of

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The Concept of the Foreign investigates the diverse and consequential uses of the concept of the foreign—a formidable and hitherto untheorized force in everyday discourse and practice. This highly original work—whose experimental nature moves beyond traditional academic bounds—undertakes to theorize the meanings, deployments, and consequences of "foreignness", a term largely overlooked by academic debates. Innovative in format, the book comprises an introductory theoretical dialogue and seven essays, each authored by a scholar from a different discipline—anthropology, literary theory, psychology, philosophy, social work, history, and women's studies-who investigate how his/her disciplines engage and define the concept of the foreign. Drawing out literal and metaphorical meanings of "foreignness" this wide-ranging volume offers much to scholars of postcolonial, gender, and cultural studies seeking new approaches to the study of alterity.

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Editorial Reviews

Derek Attridge
The idea of collecting a number of essays from specialists in various disciplines addressing the question of the foreign is a highly original one, and has resulted in an impressively varied and wide-ranging volume. . . . Many attempts at interdisciplinary collections fail to achieve this kind of cohesiveness combined with variety, and the editor is to be congratulated on her successful meeting of this challenge. . . .The book is genuinely original and genuinely interdiscipinary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739104088
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
12/15/2002
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Saunders is an associate professor in the Department of English at Illinois State University.

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