People often overlook the uncanny nature of homecomings, writing off the experience of finding oneself at home in a strange place or realizing that places from our past have grown strange. This book challenges our assumptions about the value of home, arguing for the ethical value of our feeling displaced and homeless in the 21st century. Home is explored in places ranging from digital keyboards to literary texts, and investigates how we mediate our homecomings aesthetically through cultural artifacts (art, movies, television shows) and conceptual structures (philosophy, theology, ethics, narratives). In questioning the place of home in human lives and the struggles involved with defining, defending, naming and returning to homes, the volume collects and extends ideas about home and homecomings that will inform traditional problems in novel ways.
Daniel Boscaljon, Instructor, University of Iowa, USA.
'The collection’s variety, solid editing, and generally strong writing make this a work suited for large collections supporting interdisciplinary study in the humanities. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.' Choice ’This richly evocative text investigates the strangeness at the heart of home through explorations in poetry, film contemporary art and popular culture. The spiritual challenges of dwelling in familiar, intimate and yet dangerous spaces are addressed with creative candour and academic rigour demonstrating our intense preoccupation with issues of security and identity. It is a compelling but unsettling read.’ Heather Walton, University of Glasgow, UK ’This is an impressively interdisciplinary volume that repositions our understanding of home. In a world where displacement seems to be the ruling sense for so many, even when at home, the essays here set out important bearings - literary, philosophical, religious and cultural - in helping us negotiate any return home or, as may be more the case, reconstruct the place we once thought was home. To engage with these various discussions is to displace, significantly and uncannily, displacement itself.’ Andrew Hass, University of Stirling, UK