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Crossing Borders

James-Chakraborty, Kathleen / Strümper-Krobb, Sabine (eds)

Crossing Borders

Space Beyond Disciplines

Year of Publication: 2011

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. X, 248 pp., num. ill.
ISBN 978-3-0343-0192-3 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.380 kg, 0.838 lbs

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Book synopsis

The early twenty-first century is witnessing a paradigm shift across the humanities away from an obsession with language and towards an engagement with the way in which physical space is imagined. This book showcases the impact of that shift upon the work of diverse disciplines. Applying insights from architecture and geography, which have long addressed space, to disciplines that have traditionally focused upon images and language, the contributors demonstrate how integral space is to literary as well as artistic imagining and identity at the same time that they propose novel ways of capturing and documenting spatial experience. The thirteen contributors to the book, most of whom live and work in Ireland and are associated with a range of different disciplines in Irish universities, show how the construction and representation of space, both real and imagined, contributes to the exploration of contemporary concerns such as identity, belonging and memory. The result is a snapshot of the ways in which contemporary Irish academia is addressing one of the most important new directions in interdisciplinary research.


Contents: Kathleen James-Chakraborty/Sabine Strümper-Krobb: Introduction – Sabine Strümper-Krobb: Spaces of Translation – Monica Francioso: Mapping Memory: Places and Spaces in Enrico Palandri’s Le vie del ritorno – Alison Ribeiro de Menezes: Loss of Belonging, Loss of Agency: Identity and Territorial Allegiance in Señas de identidad by Juan Goytisolo – Florian Krobb: Enchanted Ground? Space and Place in Wilhelm Raabe’s Stopfkuchen (1891) – Henriette Steiner: Writing the City: Søren Kierkegaard’s Urban Walks in Copenhagen – Mary Gallagher: Dramatizing Introspective Narrative: Configurations of Bedchamber and Stage in Paul Valéry’s ‘La Soirée avec Monsieur Teste’ and Proust’s ‘Combray’ – Angela Merte-Rankin: Creating the Map of Life: Imagining Spaces in Walter Benjamin’s Berlin Portraits – Gary A. Boyd: Bog Standard: Modernity in the Space of an Irish Wasteland – Garrett Carr: Remapping the Irish Border – Douglas Smith: Creative Void and Monochrome Heart: The Geopolitics of the Mediterranean in Braudel, Camus and Klein – Tadhg O’Keeffe: Time-Space Compression, Ruination, and the ‘profound otherness’ of Ground Zero – Kathleen James-Chakraborty: The Debate over the Mosque in Cologne: An Architectural Historian’s Response – Luigina Ciolfi: Augmented Places: Exploring Human Experience of Technology at the Boundary between Physical and Digital Worlds.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Kathleen James-Chakraborty is Professor of Art History at University College Dublin. After graduating with a BA from Yale University, she received an MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on modern architecture, especially in Germany and the United States.
Sabine Strümper-Krobb is Lecturer in German in the School of Languages and Literatures at University College Dublin. She received an MA and PhD from the University of Göttingen, Germany. Her research interests lie in the areas of German-Scandinavian literary relations, German literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and translation studies, with a particular focus on the fictional turn in translation studies.