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The Place of Literature in the Spaces of Belonging.

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Journal publication date08/2002
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Journal number3
Volume5
Number of pages17
Pages275-291
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article explores the different ways in which literary texts can help us negotiate our sense of 'home' and 'belonging' with respect to the complex intersection of our national, regional and gendered identities. Writing at a time when the map of Europe is being radically redrawn vis-a-vis the European Union (EU) and the future of the nation state, the author attempts to take us 'inside' the emotional and cognitive processes by which she, and other feminist colleagues, have struggled to produce a locational identity that is meaningful to them. As well as revealing the usefulness of national and regional literatures in this process, the article also shows how a 'strategic' use of autobiography can help mediate the complexity of our positioning.

Bibliographic note

RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : English Language and Literature