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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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David Walton is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Cultural Studies at the University of Murcia. He is a founding member, and currently President, of the Iberian Association of Cultural Studies (IBACS). He is the author of the volumes Cultural Studies: Learning Through Practice and Doing Cultural Theory and editor, with J. A. Suárez, of Culture, Space, and Power: Blurred Lines. Juan A. Suárez teaches American studies and American literature at the University of Murcia. He is the author of the books Bike Boys, Drag Queens, and Superstars; Pop Modernism; and Jim Jarmusch; and editor, with David Walton, of the volume Culture, Space, and Power: Blurred Lines. He is currently one of the Principal Investigators of the HERA/European Commission-funded project ‘Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures’.

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