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Paralyses

Literature, Travel, and Ethnography in French Modernity

Paralyses by John Culbert
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Modernity has long been equated with motion, travel, and change, from Marx’s critical diagnoses of economic instability to the Futurists’ glorification of speed. Likewise, metaphors of travel serve widely in discussions of empire, cultural contact, translation, and globalization, from Deleuze’s “nomadology” to James Clifford’s “traveling cultures.” John Culbert, in contrast, argues that the key texts of modernity and postmodernity may be approached through figures and narratives of paralysis: motion is no more defining of modern travel than fixations, resistance, and impasse; concepts and figures of travel, he posits, must be rethought in this more static light.
University of Nebraska Press; January 2011
455 pages; ISBN 9780803234192
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Title: Paralyses
Author: John Culbert
 
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0803234198
9780803229914
9780803234192