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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.

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MARTYNA BRYLA holds an MA in English Philology from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and a PhD in English Studies from the Department of English, French and German at the University of Málaga, Spain, where she currently teaches. Her research interests include literary imagology, particularly in relation to East-Central Europe, and the construction of selfhood and otherness in multinational contexts. She has published on Philip Roth’s transatlantic connections.

ESTÍBALIZ ENCARNACIÓN-PINEDO holds a PhD from the University of Murcia, Spain, and is currently a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Modern Languages at the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia. Her doctoral research was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and she is a member of the research group ‘Periferias de lo Queer III: Micropolíticas, Transnacionalidades’, also funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Her research focuses on gender and feminism in postwar and avant-garde American poetry. She has participated in several international conferences on Beat poetry and literature and has published articles such as ‘Memoir as the Reconstruction of History in Women of the Beat Generation’, included in the volume Out of the Shadows: Beat Women Are not Beaten Women (ed. F. Forsgren and M. J. Prince, 2015).

áNGEL GALDÓN RODRÍGUEZ lectures at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Albacete, where he received his PhD. His dissertation explores the influence of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four in popular culture. He is the author of...

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