9780415871365

Locating Transnational Ideals

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415871365

  • ISBN10:

    0415871360

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-12-17
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

The main intent of this volume is to define versions of the transnational in their historical and cultural specificity. This is what is meant by "locating" to contextualize historical and contemporary understandings of this fluid term, transnational, which vary in relation to the disciplines involved. This kind of historical and geographical "locating" implicitly turns against forms of contemporary transnational euphoria which, inspired by poststructural models of all-encompassing semiospheres, on the one hand, and by visions of the utopian communicative potential of new media like the internet, on the other, see national and ethnic paradigms as easily superseded by transnational agendas. By differentiating between various forms of transnational ideals and ideas in historical and geographical perspective since the Renaissance, the contributors aim to rediscover distinctions -- for instance between transnationalisms and cosmopolitanisms -- which neo-liberal transnational euphoria has tended to erase.

Author Biography

Walter Goebel is Professor of Literature at the University of Stuttgart. Saskia Schabio is Assistant Professor at the English Department, University of Stuttgart.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Defining the Transnational and the Cosmopolitan
Globalization, Transnation and Utopiap. 13
Politics or Ethics? On Cosmopolitanismp. 30
The Ethics of a Critical Cosmopolitanism for the Twenty-First Centuryp. 48
Toward a Philosophy of Transnationalismp. 63
Toward a Non-Cynical Universalismp. 89
Historicizing the Transnational and the Cosmopolitan
The Fascination of "Living Together in a Civilized Way" or Nations and Cosmopolitanism in More's Utopia (1516) and Ribeiro's Wild Utopia (1982)p. 99
Cultural Nationalism Reconsidered: Ossian in Postcolonial Perspectivesp. 115
Hard and Soft Cosmopolitanism: The Eighteenth Century and Afterp. 126
Exhibiting Difference: The Museum as a Guide to Spectatorshipp. 139
The First Colonial Art Museum and Transnationalism in the Visual Arts: Saint-Denis, La Réunion, 1912p. 157
Redefining Transnationalism (s) vs. International Commodification
Remembering Africa: Africa as the Sign of the Transnational in Black-British Writingp. 175
The Great Game: The Geopolitics of Secret Knowledgep. 191
The Transnational Passage of the Spanish Word Cimarrónp. 206
The Border as Third Space: Between Colonial Gaze and Transnational Dislocationp. 217
Cracked Communicating Vessels: Sexuality, Body Modification, and Flesh in the West and the 'non-West'p. 228
Globalizing Jane Austen: An Analysis of Gurinder Chadha's Pride and Prejudice Adaptation Bride and Prejudicep. 249
List of Contributorsp. 265
Indexp. 271
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