Contested Spaces in Contemporary North American Novels

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This volume investigates the ways in which Toni Morrison’s A Mercy, Dionne Brand’s In Another Place, Not Here, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake, and Carolyn See’s There Will Never Be Another You engage with the physical, ideological, and socially
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  Contested Spaces in Contemporary North  American Novels     Contested Spaces in Contemporary North  American Novels :   Reading for Space   By Şemsettin Tabur  Contested Spaces in Contemporary North American Novels: Reading for Space By Şemsettin Tabur This book first published 2017 Cambridge Scholars Publishing Lady Stephenson Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2PA, UK British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data  A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Copyright © 2017 by Şemsettin Tabur  All rights for this book reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner. ISBN (10): 1-5275-0298-8 ISBN (13): 978-1-5275-0298-7    T ABLE OF C ONTENTS   Acknowledgements ................................................................................... vii List of Abbreviations .................................................................................. ix Introduction ................................................................................................. 1 Chapter One ............................................................................................... 11 Space, the Spatial Turn, and Spatially Oriented Literary Studies 1.1 Space, Identity, Politics, and Place: Theorizing Space as a Contested Concept .................................................................. 12 1.2 The Spatial Turn in the Social Sciences ......................................... 18 1.2.1 Henri Lefebvre and the Social Production of Space .............. 20 1.2.2 Edward Soja and Thirdspace ................................................. 23 1.2.3 Doreen Massey and the Relational Space .............................. 29 1.3 Reading for Space .......................................................................... 32 1.3.1 Space, Narrative, Geography, and Literature ........................ 32 1.3.2 Spatially Oriented Literary Studies ....................................... 41 1.3.3 The (Relational) Space of This Study.................................... 45 1.4 Conclusion ..................................................................................... 47 Chapter Two .............................................................................................. 49 Reading Colonial Spaces in  A Mercy  2.1 Colonialism, Space, and Literature ................................................ 50 2.2 Reading  A Mercy  for Space ........................................................... 55 2.3 Narrative Spaces in  A Mercy  .......................................................... 62 2.3.1 The Physical Spaces of Colonialism ..................................... 62 2.3.2 “Dark Matter out There, Thick, Unknowable, Aching to be made into a World”: The Imagined Spaces of Colonialism ........ 73 2.3.3 The Real-and-Imagined Spaces of Colonial Spatiality .......... 77 2.4 Conclusion ..................................................................................... 89
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