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Rethinking ‘Identities’

Cultural Articulations of Alterity and Resistance in the New Millennium


Lucille Cairns and Santiago Fouz-Hernandez

This volume sets out to re-imagine the theoretical and epistemological presuppositions of existing scholarship on identities. Despite a well-established body of scholarly texts that examine the concept from a wide range of perspectives, there is a surprising dearth of work on multiple, heterogeneous forms of identity. Numerous studies of ethnic, linguistic, regional and religious identities have appeared, but largely in isolation from one another.
Rethinking ‘Identities’ is a multi-authored project that is original in providing – in distributed and granular mode – a hyper-contemporary and wide-ranging applied analysis that questions notions of identity based on nation and region, language, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion or even ‘the human’. The volume achieves this by mobilizing various contexts of identity (gender, ethnicity, sexuality, nation) and medium (art, cinema, literature, music, theatre, video). Emphasizing the extreme contemporary (the twenty-first century) and the challenges posed by an increasingly global society, this collection of essays builds upon existing intellectual investigations of identity with the aim of offering a fresh perspective that transcends cognitive and geographical frontiers.
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First of all, we would like to thank all the authors of this volume, who gave presentations to the ‘Culture and Difference’ research group of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University (UK) during the period 2009–2012. These presentations inspired the conception of this collection. We also appreciate all the work that they have invested since in producing the final versions of the chapters included here. Secondly, we offer our heart-felt thanks to the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, and to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University for their generous support of our endeavour. We would like to thank Laurel Plapp at Peter Lang for supporting this project from the start, and Helen Chambers, series editor, for her detailed and constructive feedback. At a more personal level, we would like to thank our family, friends and partners for their patience with us during the gestation period. In addition we would like to thank Alejandro Melero Salvador and Christian Mieves for their ideas for our book cover. The ‘Russian dolls’ cover illustration is a design by Christian Mieves based on a concept by Santiago Fouz-Hernández. ← ix | x →

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