Exile and Creativity: Signposts, Travelers, Outsiders, Backward Glances

Exile and Creativity: Signposts, Travelers, Outsiders, Backward Glances

By: Susan Rubin Suleiman (editor)Hardback

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A major historical phenomenon of our century, exile has been a focal point for reflections about individual and cultural identity and problems of nationalism, racism, and war. Whether emigres, exiles, expatriates, refugees, or nomads, these people all experience a distance from their homes and often their native languages. Exile and Creativity brings together the widely varied perspectives of nineteen distinguished European and American scholars and cultural critics to ask: Is exile a falling away from a source of creativity associated with the wholeness of home and one's own language, or is it a spur to creativity? In essays that range chronologically from the Renaissance to the 1990s, geographically from the Danube to the Andes, and historically from the Inquisition to the Holocaust, the complexities and tensions of exile and the diversity of its experiences are examined. Recognizing exile as an interior experience as much as a physical displacement, this collection discusses such varied topics as intellectual exile and seventeenth-century French literature; different versions of home and of the novel in the writings of Bakhtin and Lukacs; the displacement of James Joyce and Clarice Lispector; a young journalist's meeting with James Baldwin in the south of France; Jean Renoir's Hollywood years; and reflections by the descendents of European emigres. Strikingly, many of the essays are themselves the work of exiles, bearing out once more the power of the personal voice in scholarship. With the exception of the contribution by Henry Louis Gates Jr., these essays were originally published in a special double issue of Poetics Today in 1996. Exile and Creativity will engage a range of readers from those whose specific interests include the problems of displacement and diaspora and the European Holocaust to those whose broad interests include art, literary and cultural studies, history, film, and the nature of human creativity.Contributors. Zygmunt Bauman, Janet Bergstrom, Christine Brooke-Rose, Helene Cixous, Tibor Dessewffy, Marianne Hirsch, Denis Hollier, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Linda Nochlin, Leo Spitzer, Susan Rubin Suleiman, Thomas Pavel, Doris Sommer, Nancy Huston, John Neubauer, Ernst van Alphen, Alicia Borinsky, Svetlana Boym, Jacqueline Chenieux-Gendron

About Author

Susan Rubin Suleiman is C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. She is the author of several books, including, most recently, Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherhood.


Introduction / Susan Rubin Suleiman 1 Signposts Exsul / Christine Brooke-Rose 9 Exile as Romance and as Tragedy / Thomas Pavel 25 Art and the Conditions of Exile: Men/Women, Emigration/Expatriation / Linda Nochlin 37 "Mamae, disse ele," or, Joyce's Second Hand / Helene Cixous 59 Letter from Paris (Foreign Mail) / Denis Hollier 89 Travelers At Home Abroad: El Inca Shuttles with Hebreo / Doris Sommer 109 Gombrowicz's Tango: An Argentine Snapshot / Alicia Borinsky 143 Surrealists in Exile: Another Kind of Resistance / Jacqueline Chenieux-Gendron 163 Jean Renoir's Return to France / Janet Bergstrom 180 A Master of Amazement: Armando's Self-Chosen Exile / Ernst Van Alphen 220 Outsiders Estrangement as a Lifestyle: Shklovsky and Brodsky / Svetlana Boym 242 Bakhtin versus Lukacs: Inscriptions of Homelessness in Theories of the Novel / John Neubauer 263 Romain Gary: A Foreign Body in French Literature / Nancy Huston 281 The Welcome Table: James Baldwin in Exile / Henry Louis Gates Jr. 305 Assimilation into Exile: The Jew as a Polish Writer / Zygmunt Bauman 321 Strangerhood without Boundaries: An Essay in the Sociology of Knowledge / Tibor Dessewffy 353 Backward Glances Persistent Memory: Central European Refugees in an Andean Land / Leo Spitzer 373 Monuments in a Foreign Tongue: On Reading Holocaust Memoirs by Emigrants / Susan Rubin Suleiman 397 Past Lives: Postmemories in Exile / Marianne Hirsch 418 Contributors 447

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  • ISBN13: 9780822321873
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 456
  • ID: 9780822321873
  • ISBN10: 0822321874

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