Few concepts are as central to understanding the modern world as borders, and the now-thriving field of border studies has already produced a substantial literature analyzing their legal, ideological, geographical, and historical aspects. Such studies have hardly exhausted the subject's conceptual fertility, however, as this pioneering collection on the aesthetics of borders demonstrates. Organized around six key ideas-ecology, imaginary, in/visibility, palimpsest, sovereignty and waiting-the interlocking essays collected here provide theoretical starting points for an aesthetic understanding of borders, developed in detail through interdisciplinary analyses of literature, audio-visual borderscapes, historical and contemporary ecologies, political culture, and migration.
Johan Schimanski is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo. Stephen F. Wolfe is Associate Professor of English Literature and Culture at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
List of Figures Acknowledgements Introduction Mireille Rosello and Stephen F. Wolfe Chapter 1. Ecology Mireille Rosello and Timothy Saunders Chapter 2. Imaginary Lene M. Johannessen and Ruben Moi Chapter 3. In/visibility Chiara Brambilla and Holger Poetzsch Chapter 4. Palimpsests Nadir Kinossian and Urban Wrakberg Chapter 5. Sovereignty Reinhold Goerling and Johan Schimanski Chapter 6. Waiting Henk van Houtum and Stephen F. Wolfe Intersections: A Conclusion in the Form of a Glossary Johan Schimanski and Stephen F. Wolfe Index