The Concept of the Foreign investigates the diverse and consequential uses of the concept of the foreign-a formidable and hitherto untheorized force in everyday discourse and practice. This highly original work-whose experimental nature moves beyond traditional academic bounds-undertakes to theorize the meanings, deployments, and consequences of "foreignness", a term largely overlooked by academic debates. Innovative in format, the book comprises an introductory theoretical dialogue and seven essays, each authored by a scholar from a different discipline-anthropology, literary theory, psychology, philosophy, social work, history, and women's studies-who investigate how his/her disciplines engage and define the concept of the foreign. Drawing out literal and metaphorical meanings of "foreignness" this wide-ranging volume offers much to scholars of postcolonial, gender, and cultural studies seeking new approaches to the study of alterity.
Rebecca Saunders is an associate professor in the Department of English at Illinois State University.
Part 1 Theoretical Dialogue Chapter 2 Instability and Discipline(s) Chapter 3 Belonging, Distance Chapter 4 The Pathologized, the Improper, and the Impure Chapter 5 The Present: Temporality and Materiality Part 6 Local Manifestations Chapter 7 The Exile of Anthropology Chapter 8 Foreign Bodies: Engendering Them and Us Chapter 9 Expedition into the Zone of Error: Of Literal and Literary Foreignness and J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians Chapter 10 Encountering Alien Otherness Chapter 11 Xenotropism: Expatriatism in Theories of Depth Psychology and Artistic Vocation Chapter 12 War to the Death: Nativism and Independence in Latin America Chapter 13 Changing Images and Similar Dynamics: Historical Patterning of Foreignness in the Social Work Profession