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The Ideologies of Lived Space in Literary Texts, Ancient and Modern

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Jo Heirman, University of Amsterdam

Jacqueline Klooster, University of Amsterdam

Copyright Year: 2013

ISBN 13: 9789038221021

Publisher: Academia Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by Leah Thomas, Assistant Professor of English, Virginia State University on 8/22/21

This edited collection covers a range of literary texts from the “Ancient,” or classical, period and the “Modern” period, as in the nineteenth century and later, but is heavily grounded in the classical period. The book consists of approximately... read more

Reviewed by Aju James, Minority Faculty Fellow, Assistant Professor, Marshall University on 3/12/20

The book does a great job in covering narrative texts across time, from antiquity to the modern period. It is difficult to completely judge the comprehensiveness of a project of this nature, as so much lies outside the scope of any single book.... read more

Reviewed by Matt Schumacher, Adjunct Instructor, Portland Community College on 8/2/18

It is most impressive how comprehensively this book delves into a such a vast range and variety of texts, moving seamlessly from Sophocles, Pliny the Elder, and Athenian funeral orations to 19th century novels. It is a vast topic, truly, but the... read more

Table of Contents


Part 1 Lived Space And Society

  • Cave And Cosmos
  • Space And Myth

Part 2 Heterotopical Spaces And Chronotopes

  • Grave Stories
  • The Theatre As Heterotopia
  • Symbolic ‘Lived Spaces' In Ancient Greek Lyric And The Heterotopia Of The Symposium
  • The Symposium
  • Producing Utopian Space

Part 3 Ecocriticism And Space

  • Imagined Space/Lived Space, Alienation/Destruction,
  • Singularity/Specificity
  • Nature's Helping Hand

Part 4 Space And Power

  • ‘No Bounds In Space Or Time'
  • Argo Was Here
  • The Epitaphios, Civic Ideology And The Cityscape Of Classical Athens
  • Inventing A National Narrative

Part 5 Spaces And The Deconstruction Of Power

  • Small Places
  • Writing Space, Living Space

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  • About the Book

    In a brief essay called Des espaces autres (1984) Michel Foucault announced that after the nineteenth century, which was dominated by a historical outlook, the current century might rather be the century of space. His prophecy has been fulfilled: the end of the twentieth century witnessed a ‘spatial turn' in humanities which was perhaps partly due to the globalisation of our modern world. Inspired by the spatial turn in the humanities, this volume presents a number of essays on the ideological role of space in literary texts. The individual articles analyse ancient and modern literary texts from the angle of the most recent theoretical conceptualisations of space. The focus throughout is on how the experience of space is determined by dominant political, philosophical or religious ideologies and how, in turn, the description of spaces in literature is employed to express, broadcast or deconstruct this experience. By bringing together ancient and modern, mostly postcolonial texts, this volume hopes to stimulate discussion among disciplines and across continents. Among the authors discussed are: Homer, Nonnus, Alcaeus of Lesbos, Apollonius of Rhodes, Vergil, Herodotus, Panagiotis Soutsos, Assia Djebar, Tahar Djaout, Olive Senior, Jamaica Kincaid, Stefan Heym, Benoit Dutuertre, Henrik Stangerup and David Malouf.

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    Jo Heirman, University of Amsterdam

    Jacqueline Klooster, University of Amsterdam

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