Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture: Modern and Contemporary Perspectives, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture

Modern and Contemporary Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Jeffrey Clapp, Emily Ridge


286 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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 Michael Haneke’s Caché Susana Araújo 17. Cosmopolitan Testimony: Engaging Radical Alterity on The Road to Guantánamo Terri Tomsky

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General