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Interrogating Gazes

Comparative Critical Views on the Representation of Foreignness and Otherness


Montserrat Cots, Pere Gifra-Adroher and Glyn Hambrook

This book focuses on the theme of foreignness and its representation in literature and cognate discourses. The volume brings together essays in English, Spanish and Catalan that consider from original and informed perspectives both the conceptualization of the foreign and foreignness in its human, geographical/spatial, historical and cultural guises, not only as contemplated but also as a lens in the act of contemplation. This multi- and inter-disciplinary collection of essays is the result of an inspired and timely collaboration between specialists in comparative literature from across the world. Dealing with fundamental questions relating to the trans- and intercultural, otherness, migration, cosmopolitanism and the global, it will be of interest to researchers and students in comparative literature, modern languages and area studies, travel writing, intercultural studies, sociolinguistics and social anthropology.


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Acknowledgments 13


Acknowledgments Neither the Xenographies II Congress in September 2011 nor the publi- cation of this book would have been possible without the involvement and generous support of various organisations and institutions. The edi- tors’ thanks go in the first place to the Spanish Ministry of Education whose funding has been essential in bringing this book to fruition (FFI2011-13732-E). Next, they would like to acknowledge the institu- tional and scientific support that two academic societies have lent to this project: the Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada (SELGYC) and the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA). Their involvement provided the Xenographies II Congress with an inter- national reach that made it possible to explore the most recent avenues of comparative literature. The editors also wish to express their gratitude to all the units of Pompeu Fabra University and the University of Wolver- hampton that have backed this project both financially and administra- tively, in particular the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Re- search (Wolverhampton) and the Departament d’Humanitats and Institut de Cultura (Pompeu Fabra). The editors are grateful to all the delegates who attended the conference and especially to the invited speakers, professors Leonardo Romero To- bar, Richard Hitchcock, Eloy Martín Corrales and the late Noel Polk. It is with great sadness that they lament the loss of the latter, who passed away during the preparation of this volume. The editors are indebted to them for their work and the academic rigour that they bring to this book. Thanks...

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