Territories and Trajectories

Cultures in Circulation

Book Pages: 272 Illustrations: 23 illustrations Published: June 2018

Editor: Diana Sorensen

Contributor: Homi K. Bhabha

Globalization and Neoliberalism, Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Theory, Postcolonial and Colonial Studies

The contributors to Territories and Trajectories propose a model of cultural production and transmission based on the global diffusion, circulation, and exchange of people, things, and ideas across time and space. This model eschews a static, geographically bounded notion of cultural origins and authenticity, privileging instead a mobility of culture that shapes and is shaped by geographic spaces. Reading a diverse array of texts and objects, from Ethiopian song and ancient Chinese travel writing to Japanese literature and aerial and nautical images of the Indian Ocean, the contributors decenter national borders to examine global flows of culture and the relationship between thinking at transnational and local scales. Throughout, they make a case for methods of inquiry that encourage innovative understandings of borders, oceans, and territories and that transgress disciplinary divides.

Contributors. Homi Bhabha, Jacqueline Bhabha, Lindsay Bremner, Finbarr Barry Flood, Rosario Hubert, Alina Payne, Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Shu-mei Shih, Diana Sorensen, Karen Thornber, Xiaofei Tian


Territories and Trajectories offers a new conceptual vocabulary even as it explores the ramifications of thinking relationally across space, time, genres, media, and political forms. Nation- and region-based categories are happily abjured in favor of constellations that expose us to the wonders of unexpected cross-spatial analyses across two millennia. A welcome addition to the enterprise of global humanities, this volume refreshes for our times the logics of mobility, cultural entanglements, disjunctive temporalities, and spatial realignments that have informed humanistic work on globalization over the past few decades.” — Debjani Ganguly, director of the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, University of Virginia and author of This Thing Called the World

“This rich collection of essays—ably framed and introduced by Diane Sorensen and Homi K. Bhabha—brings a series of finely rendered cases to bear on the inner dynamics that connect disciplinarity and diversity, departures and destinations, home and the foreign. It will help us all move beyond the fake binary that opposes flow and fixity in critical cultural studies.” — Arjun Appadurai, author of Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger


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Diana Sorensen is James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, as well as the author of A Turbulent Decade Remembered: Scenes from the Latin American Sixties.

Homi K. Bhabha is Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Acknowledgments  vii
Introduction: On Disciplines and Destinations / Homi K. Bhabha  1
Editor's Introduction: Alternative Geographic Mappings for the Twenty-First Century / Diana Sorensen  13
Part I. Travel and Transmission
1. The Diplomacy of Exoticism: Brazilian Accounts of the Global South / Rosario Hubert  35
2. Hearing Geography in Motion: Processes of the Musical Imagination in Diaspora / Kay Kaufman Shelemay  47
3. A Chinese Fan in Sri Lanka and the Transport of Writing / Xiaofei Tian  68
Part II. Portable Materialities and Crossings
4. The Portability of Art: A Prologomena to Art and Architecture on the Move / Alina Payne  91
5. Genealogies of Whitewash: "Muhammedan Churches," Reformation Polemics, and the Aesthetics of Modernism / Finbarr Barry Flood  110
6. Mobility and Material Culture: A Case Study / Diana Sorensen  151
Part III. Worlding, Rights, and Regimes of Representation
7. World Literature and the Health Humanities: Translingual Encounters with Brain Disorders / Karen Thornber  163
8. In But Not of Europe? The Precarious Rights of Roma in the European Union / Jacqueline Bhabha  185
9. From World History to World Art: Reflections on New Geographies of Feminist Art / Shu-Mei Shih  201
Part IV. Crosscurrents and Displacements
10. Technologies of Uncertainty in the Search for Flight MH370 / Lindsay Bremner  223
Contributors  257
Index  261
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-7026-0 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-5923-4
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