Mediterranean Perspectives

Critically Mediterranean

Temporalities, Aesthetics, and Deployments of a Sea in Crisis

Editors: elhariry, yasser, Talbayev, Edwige Tamalet (Eds.)

  • Liberates the Mediterranean from land-bound and historicist constructs
  • Features a unique focus on the Mediterranean in the modern period, rather than the medieval or early modern
  • Appeals to scholars of Mediterranean studies, memory studies, comparative literature, and history
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Traversed by masses of migrants and wracked by environmental and economic change, the Mediterranean has come to connote crisis. In this context, Critically Mediterranean asks how the theories and methodologies of Mediterranean studies may be brought to bear upon the modern and contemporary periods. Contributors explore how the Mediterranean informs philosophy, phenomenology, the poetics of time and space, and literary theory. Ranging from some of the earliest twentieth-century material on the Mediterranean to Edmond Amran El Maleh, Christoforos Savva, Orhan Pamuk, and Etel Adnan, the essays ask how modern and contemporary Mediterraneans may be deployed in political, cultural, artistic, and literary practice. The critical Mediterranean that emerges is plural and performative—a medium through which subjects may negotiate imagined relations with the world around them. Vibrant and deeply interdisciplinary, Critically Mediterranean offers timely interventions for a sea in crisis.

About the authors

yasser elhariry is Assistant Professor of French at Dartmouth College, USA. He is the author of Pacifist Invasions: Arabic, Translation, and the Postfrancophone Lyric (2017).
Edwige Tamalet Talbayev is Associate Professor of French at Tulane University, USA. She is the author of The Transcontinental Maghreb: Francophone Literature across the Mediterranean (2017).

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“Here at long last is a stunning set of critical essays and meditations that fills the void in Mediterranean Studies as currently practiced. As an ensemble, the volume engages the major conundrum of this field— the time-space-modernity nexus that has until now sundered the Sea along historical and historicist fault lines. In their prolegomena, the editors, elhariry and Talbayev, bring the pre-modern scholarship into conversation with the aesthetic, philosophical, and literary production of the modern and contemporary periods.” (Julia Clancy-Smith, Regents Professor, Department of History, University of Arizona, USA)

“In its innovative interdisciplinary and transcultural approach this lively collection of writings brings us to the heart of the Mediterranean as an evolving critical concept and historical challenge. The multiplication of prospects and temporalities propose a constellation that remains irreducible to a single order of time and telling. Pushing the existing order of explanation out of joint, the Mediterranean here becomes the critical site and cultural promise of an altogether more significant historicity.” (Iain Chambers, Professor of Cultural and Postcolonial Studies of the Mediterranean, Università di Napoli, Orientale, Italy)

“Critically Mediterranean is an outstanding collection of essays.  Transnational and cross-disciplinary, it refocuses fundamental issues of Mediterranean studies—mobility, interconnectedness, multiple or layered temporalities—on the modern and contemporary periods, demonstrating the importance of the Mediterranean for interrogating key concepts of modernity.  At the same time, it makes a compelling case for the centrality of the modern and contemporary periods in defining the concept of ‘Mediterranean.’  A timely and valuable contribution to the field of Mediterranean studies.” (Michele Hannoosh, Professor of French, University of Michigan, USA)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Critically Mediterranean: An Introduction

    elhariry, yasser (et al.)

    Pages 1-21

  • Heidegger as Mediterraneanist

    Döring, Annika (et al.)

    Pages 25-43

  • Lawrence Durrell’s Mediterranean Shores: Tropisms of a Receding Line

    Keller-Privat, Isabelle

    Pages 45-64

  • The Text without Rupture: Jewish Itineraries of Mourning in Edmond El Maleh’s Mediterranean

    Raizen, Michal

    Pages 65-76

  • Mediterranean Modernisms: The Case of Cypriot Artist Christoforos Savva

    Danos, Antonis

    Pages 77-110

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Hardcover $109.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critically Mediterranean
Book Subtitle
Temporalities, Aesthetics, and Deployments of a Sea in Crisis
Editors
  • yasser elhariry
  • Edwige Tamalet Talbayev
Series Title
Mediterranean Perspectives
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71764-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71764-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71763-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 276
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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