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  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; New edition edition (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443822809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443822800
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,340,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sonia Front earned her PhD in 2007 from the University of Silesia, Poland. She has published on contemporary cinema and English literature. She teaches English literature and culture. Her research interests include postmodernism in literature, and the employment of quantum physics in literature and film. In 2009 she published Transgressing Boundaries in Jeanette Winterson's Fiction. Katarzyna Nowak is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, University of Wroclaw, Poland, where she teaches American literature and culture. Her recent publications include Melancholic Travelers: Autonomy, Hybridity and the Maternal and papers on postcolonial literature and theory, gender studies and opera studies.

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Wide range of essay topics fully explore notions of interiority 17 Nov. 2010
By T.F. - Published on Amazon.com
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A very interesting scholarly read. The essays cover a very wide range of topics, meaning if you are interested in exploring traditional Cartesian duality, or ways in which this duality might be reenvisaged, there is bound to be material in here you will find useful. The essays are;

1. In/Exteriors: The third of the body, Wojeiech Kalaga
2. "Gloomy vaults, unsounded wells, panting furnaces": Bodily interior and modern self, Anna Chromik-Krzykawska
3. Beneath the surface of common sense: A postmodern deconstructive approach of Samuel Beckett's 'Happy Days' and 'Stories and Texts for Nothing', Filomena Vasconcelos
4. Porous home - space: Louis MacNeice and Bill Brandt, Teresa Brus
5. Locked within the library: Musings on metanarratives, weltaschauungs and library research, Pawel Jedrzejko
6. Heat wave and fever: Lucjan Wolanowski's somatic experience of the East, Monika Kowalczyk
7. Which way to inner space - Ballard's just and moral psychopathology, Stephan Butler
8. Trapped in the interiors - Julian Schnabel's 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly' and Umberto Eco's 'The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana', Sonia Front
9. Stewing in one's own juice, or the inability to transcend spatial limnitations: Marlene van Nickerk's novel 'Triomf', Erhard Reckwitz
10. In the arms of ideology - the family interior in Mrk Behr's 'The Smell of Apples', Anna Krawczyk-Laskarzewska
11. Immigrant invisibility in Chang-rae Lee's 'Native Speaker', Klara Szmanko
12. Authentic but digestible: Alien cultures and the Western craving for the exotic, Julia Szoltysek
13. Gothic interiors: Questions of design and perspective, David Punter
14. "My humanity os only skin deep" - The monstrous body, the monstrous self as portrayed in literary and film horror, Dorota Wisniewska
15. Exteriors of the mind: The natural world and confusion in Anglo-Saxon poetry, Rafal Boryslawski
16. Harold Pinter's 'Moonlight' - in search of your "personal light eternal", Lukasz Borowiec

Personally I'm interested in interiority/exteriority from a cultural studies pov, rather than literary studies aspects, and I found chapters 1 and 2 were the ones which were of most relevance to me. Chapter 1 is positing a "Third of the body" standing in a triad with the inside and the outside, drawing on notions of abjection, and mainly dealing with Kristeva, Douglas, and Grosz (and a bit of Merleau-Ponty). Chapter 2 discusses the early modern bodily interior and its framing within Bakhtin's notion of the grotesque, and discusses this in terms of Renaissance and Enlightenment dissection practices, using Sawday's 'The Body Emblazoned' (which I also recommend as an excellent book).

My copy of the book is different to the cover on Amazon.com, as it has a black satin fabric cover, and this makes it my favourite academic text to caress :-)

Overall an excellent book, recommended to academic readers, as the language is complex and assumes a prior understanding of some philosophical concepts.
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