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Border images, border narratives

The political aesthetics of boundaries and crossings

Edited by Johan Schimanski and Jopi Nyman

Border images, border narratives
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    Book Information

    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4626-7
    • Pages: 280
    • Price: £30.00
    • Published Date: January 2021
    • Series: Rethinking Borders

    Description

    This interdisciplinary volume explores the role of images and narratives in different borderscapes. Written by experienced scholars in the field, Border images, border narratives provides fresh insight into how borders, borderscapes, and migration are imagined and narrated in public and private spheres. Offering new ways to approach the political aesthetics of the border and its ambiguities, this volume makes a valuable contribution to the methodological renewal of border studies and presents ways of discussing cultural representations of borders and related processes.

    Influenced by the thinking of philosopher Jacques Rancière, this timely volume argues that narrated and mediated images of borders and borderscapes are central to the political process, as they contribute to the public negotiation of borders and address issues such as the in/visiblity of migrants and the formation of alternative borderscapes. The contributions analyse narratives and images in literary texts, political and popular imagery, surveillance data, border art, and documentaries, as well as problems related to borderland identities, migration, and trauma. The case studies provide a highly comparative range of geographical contexts ranging from Northern Europe and Britain, via Mediterranean and Mexican-USA borderlands, to Chinese borderlands from the perspectives of critical theory, literary studies, social anthropology, media studies, and political geography.

    Reviews

    'The collection succeeds in its intended purpose to contribute towards new approaches to the relevance and workings of borders. The book is of equal interest to students of cultural and literary English studies who wish to become acquainted with border studies, as much as for well-versed researchers looking for inspiration beyond the established forms of inquiry.'
    Sophie U. Kriegel, Leipzig University, Journal for the Study of British Cultures Vol. 29 Issue 1 (2022)

    Contents

    Introduction: images and narratives on the border - Jopi Nyman and Johan Schimanski

    Part I: The Border (Forms)
    1 Phenomenology of the liminal - Wolfgang Müller-Funk
    2 Horizontal vertigo and psychasthenia: border figures of the fantastic - Patricia García

    Part II: Living with the Border (Zones)
    3 Capturing clouds: imagin(in)g the materiality of digital networks - Holger Pötzsch
    4 In/visibilities beyond the spectacularisation: young people, subjectivity, and revolutionary border Imaginations in the Mediterranean borderscape - Chiara Brambilla
    5 From heroism to grotesque: the invisibility of border-related trauma narratives in the Finnish-Russian borderlands - Tuulikki Kurki
    6 Expanded border imaginaries and aligned border narratives: ethnic minorities and localities in China's border encounters with Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam - Victor Konrad and Zhiding Hu

    Part III: Crossing the Border (Migrations)
    7 Borders: tshe topos of/for a post-politics of images? - Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary
    8 Some cunning passages in border-crossing narratives: seen and unseen migrants - Stephen F. Wolfe
    9 Borderscapes of Calais: images of 'The Jungle' in Breach by Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes - Jopi Nyman
    10 Seasons of migration to the North: borders and images in migration narratives published in Norwegian - Johan Schimanski
    11 Performance of memory: testimonies of survival and rescue at Europe's border - Karina Horsti and Ilaria Tucci
    Epilogue: border images and narratives: paradoxes, spheres, aesthetics - Johan Schimanski and Jopi Nyman

    Index

    Editors

    Johan Schimanski is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages at the University of Oslo

    Jopi Nyman is Professor of English at the Philosophical Faculty at the University of Eastern Finland

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