Between Urban Topographies and Political Spaces: Threshold Experiences

Between Urban Topographies and Political Spaces: Threshold Experiences


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Between Urban Topographies and Political Spaces: Threshold Experiences uses the term "threshold" as a means to understand the relationship between Self and Other, as well as relationships between different cultures. The concept of "threshold" defines the relationship between inside and outside not in oppositional terms, but as complementaries. This book discusses the cultural and social "border areas" of modernity, which are to be understood not as "zones" in a territorial sense, but as "spaces in between" in which different languages and cultures operate. The essays in Between Urban Topographies and Political Spaces identify the dimension in urban topographies and political spaces where we are able to locate paradigmatic experiences of thresholds. Because these spaces are characterized by contradictions, conflicts, and aporias, we propose to rethink those hermeneutic categories that imply a sharp opposition between inside and outside. This means that the theoretical definition of threshold put forward in these essays-whether applied to history, philosophy, law, art, or cultural studies-embodies new juridical and political stances.

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ISBN-13: 9780739188354
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 04/02/2014
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alexis Nuselovici (Nouss) is professor of comparative literature at the University of Aix-Marseille. His most recent books are Plaidoyer pour un monde métis and Paul Celan. Les lieux d’un déplacement.

Mauro Ponzi is professor of German literature at the University of Rome. Among his publications are Klassische Moderne. Un paradigma del Novecento and Arte e natura: imitazione e simulazione.

Fabio Vighi teaches critical theory and European cinema at Cardiff University. Among his publications are On Žižek’s Dialectics and Critical Theory and Film Noir.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Introduction Part I: Thresholds 1. Bernhard Waldenfels, Threshold Experiences 2. Alexis Nuselovici, Europe, from Threshold to Threshold 3. Massimo Donà, The Singing of the Sirens 4. Félix Duque, The European Membrane Part II: Spaces in between 5. Mauro Ponzi, Naples as Topography of Spaces in Between: Walter Benjamin and the Threshold between Old and New 6. Pietro Montani, Feeling Obliged: Ethics and Aesthetics of Intermediate Spaces 7. Fabio Vighi, Between the Two Deaths: the Real as Threshold 8. Dario Gentili, Paris Topographies of Capitalism: the Nineteenth-Century Metropolis 9. Gabriele Guerra, "But the Dioscuri": Between Labyrinth and Temple: Walter Benjamin's Topographies Part III: Heterotopies 10. Vittoria Borsò, On the Threshold between Visibility and Sayability: the Event of Visuality in the Materiality of the Image 11. Elettra Stimilli, The Threshold between Debt and Guilt 12. Irene Kajon, The Biblical Metaphor of the Threshold in Rosenzweig and Kafka 13. Wolfgang Müller-Funk, The Sphinx as a Threshold Figure: about the Limits between the Sexes 14. Elio Matassi, Trauerspiel and Opera in Walter Benjamin Works Cited Index About the contributors

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