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Crossing Borders

Space Beyond Disciplines

Edited By Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Sabine Strümper-Krobb

The early twenty-first century is witnessing a paradigm shift across the humanities away from an obsession with language and towards an engagement with the way in which physical space is imagined. This book showcases the impact of that shift upon the work of diverse disciplines. Applying insights from architecture and geography, which have long addressed space, to disciplines that have traditionally focused upon images and language, the contributors demonstrate how integral space is to literary as well as artistic imagining and identity at the same time that they propose novel ways of capturing and documenting spatial experience. The thirteen contributors to the book, most of whom live and work in Ireland and are associated with a range of different disciplines in Irish universities, show how the construction and representation of space, both real and imagined, contributes to the exploration of contemporary concerns such as identity, belonging and memory. The result is a snapshot of the ways in which contemporary Irish academia is addressing one of the most important new directions in interdisciplinary research.


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Contents List of Illustrations ix Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Sabine Strümper-Krobb Introduction 1 I. Negotiating Belonging 15 Sabine Strümper-Krobb Spaces of Translation 17 Monica Francioso Mapping Memory: Places and Spaces in Enrico Palandri’s Le vie del ritorno 33 Alison Ribeiro De Menezes Loss of Belonging, Loss of Agency: Identity and Territorial Allegiance in Señas de identidad by Juan Goytisolo 47 Florian Krobb Enchanted Ground? Space and Place in Wilhelm Raabe’s Stopfkuchen (1891) 65 vi II. Public and Private Urbanity 83 Henriette Steiner Writing the City: Søren Kierkegaard’s Urban Walks in Copenhagen 85 Mary Gallagher Dramatizing Introspective Narrative: Configurations of Bedchamber and Stage in Paul Valéry’s ‘La Soirée avec Monsieur Teste’ and Proust’s ‘Combray’ 103 Angela Merte-Rankin Creating the Map of Life: Imagining Spaces in Walter Benjamin’s Berlin Portraits 121 III. Landscapes, Borders, Sites 131 Gary A. Boyd Bog Standard: Modernity in the Space of an Irish Wasteland 133 Garrett Carr Remapping the Irish Border 149 Douglas Smith Creative Void and Monochrome Heart: The Geopolitics of the Mediterranean in Braudel, Camus and Klein 159 Tadhg O’Keef fe Time-Space Compression, Ruination, and the ‘profound otherness’ of Ground Zero 177 vii Kathleen James-Chakraborty The Debate over the Mosque in Cologne: An Architectural Historian’s Response 189 Luigina Ciolfi Augmented Places: Exploring Human Experience of Technology at the Boundary between Physical and Digital Worlds 205 Works Cited 223 Biographical Notes on Contributors 241 Index 245

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