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Interrogating Gazes

Comparative Critical Views on the Representation of Foreignness and Otherness

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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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Preface The essays gathered in this volume are the outcome of an inspiring and timely collaboration between two major European comparative literature associations, the Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada (SELGYC) and the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA). The volume comprises a selection of the papers delivered at “Xeno- graphies II”, an international, trilingual conference (English, Castilian, Catalan) hosted by Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (8-11 Septem- ber 2011), the second of two scholarly encounters —the first took place at the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, in September 2009— exploring the representation of the foreign(er) in literature and other discourses. The conference received the support of a scientific committee with members from several European universities and at- tracted over one hundred delegates delivering over ninety papers, includ- ing four plenary lectures. These two conferences, together with other research activities have acquired the collective designation of Xeno- graphies project. The origins of this initiative go back to a BCLA Execu- tive Committee meeting in 2008 at which Glyn Hambrook received the committee’s blessing to formally propose the collaborative endeavour that, following preliminary discussions in Madrid with Professor Mont- serrat Cots (who had just assumed the presidency of SELGYC) and Dr Javier Pardo (also of the SELGYC’s Executive Committee), acquired the guise of the aforementioned first joint conference. This event was at- tended by forty delegates from Spain, the United Kingdom and other countries. This volume is the third and most recent refereed publication deriv- ing from the project. The...

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