This lively and intellectually vigorous conspectus of studies approaches the subject of exile from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The contributions to this volume give due attention to the twentieth century migratory phenomena, theorised by Edward Said, Julia Kristeva and Salman Rushdie. They also show that the discourse and experience of exile is not the stuff of modernity alone. The volume illustrates that the waning of the Middle Ages, Reformation and Restoration politics, and the importation of Egyptian mummies into a nineteenth-century England hungry for imperial exotica reveal displacement, dislocation, otherness and the uncanniness of observing strangers-on-display to have long been part of European cultural currency. The essays range across a variety of disciplines: literary studies, modern languages, history of science, philosophy and museum studies.
Table of Contents
Contents: Notes on Contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Dispossession or Repositioning, Sharon Ouditt; From Sir Orfeo to 'Schir Orpheus': Exile, and the Waning of the Middle Ages, Enrico Giaccherini; Spiritual Exile: Translating the Bible from Geneva and Rheims, Lynne Long; Language, Time and Politics in Shakespeare's Macbeth, Douglas Burnham; 'Heaven's Fugitives': Exile and Nonconformity in the Restoration, Michael Davies; Bodies in Exile: Egyptian Mummies in the Early Nineteenth Century and their Cultural Implications, Susan Pearce; An Inflexible Exile: Preserving the Self in South-East Europe, Andrew Hammond; Atomic Physicists in Exile, Alex Keller; The Blind Impress of Modernity: American Exile and Modernist Aesthetics in Lorca and Kafka, Martin Halliwell; Auden, Exile and Community, Kathleen Bell; States of Being not Being in States: Metaphysical Border Crossings in the Work of Milan Kundera, Daniel Cordle; Angela Carter's The Passion of New Eve: Sexual Transmutation as Psychophysical Exile, Nicoletta Caputo; 'Nothing of me is mine, not even the body I was given to inhabit': Gender as a Land of Exile in Patrick White's The Twyborn Affair, Carla Dente; Paradoxes of Hijrah (Exile): Tales from Algerian Men in Britain, Yvette Rocheron; The Left Side of Exile: The Dream of Tolerance in Francesca Duranti's Sogni Mancini, Marina Spunta; Bibliography; Index.