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Culture and Power

Ac(unofficial)knowledging Cultural Studies in Spain

David Walton and Dagmar Scheu

This book gathers together essays by international cultural scholars, including a small group of academics within the growing, interdisciplinary area that is cultural studies on the Iberian Peninsula. The contributors to this volume use the idea of unofficial knowledge(s) as an interpretive device to reflect on forms of power within culture(s). The contributions are divided into two parts: part one includes papers which focus on a variety of cultural products or practices in order to explore ideological issues like class, race or ethnicity, sex or sexuality and to link them to questions of representation, identity and power. In part two there is a group of studies that shares these thematic concerns but has grown out of socio-linguistics, pragmatics, critical discourse analysis, intercultural relations research and ethnographic analysis.
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Contemporary Writing and the Politics of Space

Borders, Networks, Escape Lines

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David Walton and Juan Antonio Suárez

This collective volume explores questions of space in contemporary literary texts from a range of theoretical perspectives. In addition to mapping the «spatial turn» in literary and cultural studies, this volume also brings together studies that apply spatial theory to the analysis of literary texts. Contributors tackle a broad range of themes, including how prose fiction addresses spaces of intimacy, abjection, espionage, discipline, madness, post-human identities, post-communist cities, the architecture of dystopia, and coercive medical practices. In turn, these themes open up analysis to key areas within contemporary literary and cultural criticism, including the study of sexuality, politics, power, and identity; the configuration of urban, regional, and national spaces and borders; and the delineation of private and public domains. The contributors reflect on diverse authors from English-speaking cultures and focus on a variety of genres and periods while acknowledging recent research in space studies and offering original contributions to what has now become a thriving field.