Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Modern Culture (Google eBook)

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Gerry Smyth, Jo Croft
Rodopi, Jan 1, 2006 - Architecture - 268 pages
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Space has emerged in recent years as a radical category in a range of related disciplines across the humanities. Of the many possible applications of this new interest, some of the most exciting and challenging have addressed the issue of domestic architecture and its function as a space for both the dramatisation and the negotiation of a cluster of highly salient issues concerning, amongst other things, belonging and exclusion, fear and desire, identity and difference. Our House is a cross-disciplinary collection of essays taking as its focus both the prospect and the possibility of 'the house'. This latter term is taken in its broadest possible resonance, encompassing everything from the great houses so beloved of nineteenth-century English novelists to the caravans and mobile homes of the latterday travelling community, and all points in between. The essays are written by a combination of established and emerging scholars, working in a variety of scholarly disciplines, including literary criticism, sociology, cultural studies, history, popular music, and architecture. No specific school or theory predominates, although the work of two key figures - Gaston Bachelard and Martin Heidegger - is engaged throughout. This collection engages with a number of key issues raised by the increasingly troubled relationship between the cultural (built) and natural environments in the contemporary world.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Contributors
8
Culture and Domestic Space
11
1 Houses Habit and Memory
27
Finding Home in The Wind in the Willows
43
3 The Life of a Country Cottage
63
Aspects of Lifestyle and the Rise of Home Improvement
85
Authenticity Nostalgia and the Irish House
103
Seamus Heaney Tom Paulin and the Reverse Aesthetic
141
Domestic Space in Graphic Novels
161
Community Violence and Resistance in Three Contemporary Womens Texts
175
Home Hifi and Stereotypes
195
Adolescent Space and the Makings of Private Identity
209
Excavating Some Disturbed Meanings of Domestic Space
227
References
247
Index
263

Representations of Domestic Space in the Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy
121

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About the author (2006)

Gerry Smyth is reader in Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. He is the author of the highly regarded Decolonisation and Criticism (Pluto 1998) and the critically acclaimed Space and the Irish Cultural Imagination (Palgrave 2002).

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