Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Modern Culture

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Gerry Smyth, Jo Croft
Rodopi, 2006 - Architecture - 268 pages
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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空间意识是当前许多学者所关注的热点之一。家庭空间在文学作品中渐渐地凸现出来,并对人物的身份认同与迁异、放逐与归属、欲望与恐惧等方面的建构提供一定的戏剧化呈现方式。这本书在这个方面,汇聚众大家之言,值得一读。对当代英国诗歌研究而言,这本书的帮助很大,尤其是Mari Houghes-Edward的文章,对卡罗尔安达菲的诗歌中家庭空间感在其主要作品中的体现做出了细致深入的分析,为人们理解把握这位女桂冠诗人作品的内涵提供了帮助。 

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About the author (2006)

Gerry Smyth is Reader in Cultural History in the Department of English at Liverpool John Moores University. His previous books include The Novel and the Nation (1997), Space and the Irish Cultural Imagination(2001) and Noisy Island (2005).
Jo Croft is Senior Lecturer in English at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research interests include adolescence, children's literature and psychoanalysis.

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