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Narratives of the European Border: History of Nowhere by R. Robinson

By R. Robinson

Narratives of the ecu Border examines the illustration of transferring ecu borders in twentieth-century narrative. a piece of literary geography, the ebook attracts jointly an strange grouping of texts from diverse nationwide canons, evaluating how fictional settings transmute ecu placelessness into narrative. In crucial and japanese Europe, the place empire and kingdom have usually been in clash, the border isn't really anomalous yet usual. The booklet concentrates on border ameliorations in interwar narratives, and likewise considers more moderen responses to the post-Cold struggle map.

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Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 Place-in-Space / Space-in-Place: Theories of the Border 39 From Border to Front: Italo Svevo’s La coscienza di Zeno Trieste: ‘personaggio-città’ Italo Svevo’s native Trieste was – debatably still is – a paradigmatic border city. A topographical map reveals the city’s curious position: a Mediterranean port adjacent to Central Europe, it is on the upper rim of the Balkan Peninsula. A series of twentieth-century political maps confirms this confusion of place.

120). 39. Hall, p. 113. 40. , p. 114. 41. Michael Cronin, ‘Holograms, Cosmopolites and Tipping Points: Windows on Europe’, keynote address for ‘Borders and Margins: Redefining Space and Place in European Literary and Cultural Discourses’, NUI-Galway (January 2005). 42. Ibid. 43. Milan Kundera, ‘The Kidnapped West or Culture Bows Out’, Granta, 11 (1984) 95–118 (p. 99). 44. For ‘contact zones’, see Mary Louise Pratt, ‘Arts of the Contact Zone’, Profession, 91, ed. Phyllis Franklin (New York: MLA, 1991), pp.

The sameness and difference of Roth’s typical cruciform border town, for example, is a synecdoche of the whole Habsburg Empire. 43 The Russian doll effect, then, is doubled at the Central European border: the border site is a fractal of Mitteleuropa; Mitteleuropa is a ‘condensed version’ of Europe. 44 The claim to territorialised place and its borders is tainted by the Heideggerian idea of dwelling in and cultivating place, and remains a taboo both in these and Marxist accounts of anti-national space.

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