Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto

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  • Copyright: 2009-12-14
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Cultural Mobility is a blueprint and a model for understanding the patterns of meaning that human societies create. Drawn from a wide range of disciplines, the essays collected here under the distinguished editorial guidance of Stephen Greenblatt share the conviction that cultures, even traditional cultures, are rarely stable or fixed. Radical mobility is not a phenomenon of the twenty-first century alone, but is a key constituent element of human life in virtually all periods. Yet academic accounts of culture tend to operate on exactly the opposite assumption and to celebrate what they imagine to be rooted or whole or undamaged. To grasp the shaping power of colonization, exile, emigration, wandering, contamination, and unexpected, random events, along with the fierce compulsions of greed, longing, and restlessness, cultural analysis needs to operate with a new set of principles. An international group of authors spells out these principles and puts them into practice.

Author Biography

Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. The author most recently of Will in the World (2004), Professor Greenblatt is one of the most distinguished and influential literary and cultural critics at work today, as well as the general editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature. His team of collaborators on Cultural Mobility all worked together at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin under Professor Greenbaltt's overall direction, and represent a suggestive, and unique range of voices and approaches.

Table of Contents

List of authorsp. vii
List of illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Cultural mobility: an introductionp. 1
"The Wheel of Torments": mobility and redemption in Portuguese colonial India (sixteenth century)p. 24
Theatrical mobilityp. 75
World literature beyond Goethep. 96
Cultural mobility between Boston and Berlin: how Germans have read and reread narratives of American slaveryp. 122
Struggling for mobility: migration, tourism, and cultural authority in contemporary Chinap. 172
Performativity and mobility: Middle Eastern traditions on the movep. 215
A mobility studies manifestop. 250
Indexp. 254
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