Airportness The Nature of Flight

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-07-13
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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The term “airportness” has been used to describe the architectural feel of modern terminals and concourses. In his third book about airports, Christopher Schaberg argues that airportness is not just a way of thinking about design, but also the feelings and sensations related to everyday patterns of flight. It is seeing planes in the sky, recognizing vague roars from above, and interpreting the routines of air travel-from sliding doors, to jet bridge, to lavatory. Airportness: The Nature of Flight departs from where The End of Airports left off, speculating about the future of flight and contemplating aircraft as they appear in a variety of contexts. Airportness explores how planes have become surprisingly natural objects: experienced as unquestionable set pieces, props, and passages…airportness is the rumbling background noise of the jet age.

Author Biography

Christopher Schaberg is Associate Professor of English and Environment at Loyola University New Orleans, USA, where he teaches courses on contemporary literature and nonfiction, cultural studies, and environmental theory. He is the author of The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2013) and The End of Airports (2015) and co-editor of Deconstructing Brad Pitt (2014). He is series co-editor (with Ian Bogost) of Bloomsbury's Object Lessons.

Table of Contents

1. Preflight
2. Ride to the Airport
3. Curbside
4. Boarding Pass
5. Security
6. Airport Food
7. Waiting
8. Gate Change
9. Airport Art
10. Airport TV
11. Gate Lice
12. Fishing Shirts
13. Runway
14. Delay
15. Takeoff
16. Window Seat
17. New Planes
18.Airplane Reading
19. Lavatory
20. In-Flight Entertainment
21. Connection
22. Gender in Flight
23. Plane Sighting
24. Higher Still
25. Circling
26. Descent
27. Water Landing
28. On the Ground
29. Arrival
30. Deplaning
31. Carpets
32. Baggage
33. Exit
34. Home


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