Globalisation and its Discontents

Globalisation and its Discontents

Writing the Global Culture

Edited by Stan Smith

Hardback
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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Essays discussing the concept of globalisation as present in works of art and literature.
Like Freud's `civilisation', globalisation is both cause and consequence of its own discontents, visible at times only in the resistances it generates. Study of the phenomenon has until recently been confined largely to economists and political and social scientists. The present volume brings a range of literary and cultural analyses to bear to demonstrate both its actual time-depth and the all-encompassing nature of its influences on culture and consciousness. The English language and English literature have been major elements in its forging, underwriting first British and then American cultural hegemony.

Unlike most readings of globalisation, these essays depict not an irresistible juggernaut but a process that, in generating its own resistances, opens up the possibility of an alternative world order founded not on the inequities of power and capital, but on shared commitment to a fragile planet and a common and universal culture.

Ranging from Homer to Michael Crichton, Shakespeare to Suleyman Al-Bassam, John Donne to Les Murray, John Keats to Derek Walcott, Conrad, Gissing and Edward Lear to V. S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie, and addressing, among many others, writers as diverse as Paul Valéry and Edouard Glissant, Gertrude Stein and Wallace Stevens, George Orwell, Martha Gellhorn and Storm Jameson, Eliot, Yeats and Auden, Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon, these essays explore a remarkable range of responses to the process of globalisation from earliest times to the present day.

Contributors: STAN SMITH, GRAHAM HOLDERNESS, BRYAN LOUGHREY, JENNIFER BIRKETT, PHYLLIS LASSNER, SHARON OUDITT, TONY SHARPE, EDWARD LARRISSY, MICHAEL MURPHY, LIAM CONNELL

Details

July 2006
224 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Essays and Studies
ISBN: 9781843840756
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSB, 1DBK, 2AB, 3J
BISAC LIT004020
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Globalisation and its Discontents - Stan Smith
Arabesque: Shakespeare and Globalisation - Graham Holderness and Bryan Loughrey
(En) Countering Globalisation: Resistances in the System - Jennifer Birkett
Double Trouble: George Orwell, Martha Gellhorn and the War to End Global Imperialism - Phyllis Lassner
Lost Worlds: Southern Italy and the Resistance to Globalisation - Sharon Ouditt
The Planet on the Table: Some Modernist Perspectives on Globalisation - Tony Sharpe
Irish Writing and Globalisation - Edward Larrissy
Local Habitations, Global Names: Les Murray and the Poetry Superleague - Michael Murphy
Business as Usual: The Image of the Corporation in the Cultures of Globalisation - Liam Connell
Epic Logos: On Last Looking into Several Homers - Stan Smith

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