1st Edition

Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture Modern and Contemporary Perspectives

Edited By Jeffrey Clapp, Emily Ridge Copyright 2016
    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    With contributions from an international array of scholars, this volume opens a dialogue between discourses of security and hospitality in modern and contemporary literature and culture. The chapters in the volume span domestic spaces and detention camps, the experience of migration and the phenomena of tourism, interpersonal exchanges and cross-cultural interventions. The volume explores the multifarious ways in which subjects, citizens, communities, and states negotiate the mutual, and potentially exclusive, desires to secure themselves and offer hospitality to others. From the individual’s telephone and data, to the threshold of the family home, to the borders of the nation, sites of securitization confound hospitality’s injunction to openness, gifting, and refuge. In demonstrating an interrelation between ongoing discussions of hospitality and the intensifying attention to security, the book engages with a range of literary, cultural, and geopolitical contexts, drawing on work from other disciplines, including philosophy, political science, and sociology. Further, it defines a new interdisciplinary area of inquiry that resonates with current academic interests in world literature, transnationalism, and cosmopolitanism.

    1. Introduction: Risking Hospitality Jeffrey Clapp and Emily Ridge  Part I: Modern Homes  2. "And May these Characters Remain": W.B. Yeats and Thoor Ballylee’s Vulnerability Jason M. Coats  3. Hospitality, Nostalgia, and the Itinerant Hero(ine) in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgramage and Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End Rebecca Bowler  Part II: Sexual Difference  4. Security, Hospitality, and Perversion in Muriel Spark’s Robinson Emily Ridge  5. Baiting Hospitality Irina Aristarkhova  Part III: Opting Out  6. Enantiosemiotic Care in J.M. Coetzee’s Life & Times of Michael K. Arthur Rose  7. A Dwarf at the Table: Hospitality and the Non-Normate Body in Modern Literature Mica Hilson  Part IV: Vulnerability  8. Securing the Nation, Settling Selves: Telling Stories of Refugees and Asylum Seekers Tony Simoes da Silva  9. Reading Unreadable Lives: Precarity in Ken Barris’s What Kind of Child and Ishtiyaq Shukri’s The Silent Minaret Minesh Dass and Mike Marais  Part V: Conflicted Communities  10. "This Is Our Splintered City": Security, Hospitality, and Tourism in Northern Irish Poetry Naomi Marklew  11. Welcoming the Other: Hospitality and Citizenship in Chinese American Fiction Melissa Lee  Part VI: National Security  12. Safe from His Readers: Interpretation as Inhospitality in Cold War America Jeffrey Clapp  13. Reluctant Fundamentalist, Eager Host? Cross-Cultural Hospitality and Security Anxieties in Mohsin Hamid’s Novel of Uncertainty Michael Perfect  Part VII: Openness  14. The New Sincerity as Literary Hospitality Johannes Voelz  15. Hospitality and Risk Society in Tao Lin's Taipei Brian Willems  Part VIII: Terror  16. Inhospitality, Security, and the Global "Homeland" in Mi


    Jeffrey Clapp is a Lecturer in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. His recent work is available in the journals Textual Practice and Partial Answers.

    Emily Ridge is a Lecturer in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Her work has been published in Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, Modernism/Modernity, Textual Practice, and Katherine Mansfield Studies.