Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto
Ines G Županov
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
University of Oslo
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. Cultural Mobility sets out a powerful intellectual agenda with which scholars across the humanities and social sciences will need to engage.
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 Greenblatt’s overall direction, and represent a suggestive and unique range of voices and approaches.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: October 2009
Pages: 282 pp.
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1. Cultural mobility: an introduction
2. “The Wheel of Torments”: mobility and redemption in Portuguese colonial India (sixteenth century)
Ines G Županov
3. Theatrical mobility
4. World literature beyond Goethe
5. Cultural mobility between Boston and Berlin: how Germans have read and reread narratives of American slavery
6. Struggling for mobility: migration, tourism, and cultural authority in contemporary China
7. Performativity and mobility: Middle Eastern traditions on the move
8. A mobility studies manifesto