Our House: The Representation of Domestic Space in Modern by Gerry Smyth, Jo Croft (Editors)

By Gerry Smyth, Jo Croft (Editors)

Area has emerged in recent times as a thorough classification in more than a few similar disciplines around the humanities. Of the various attainable functions of this new curiosity, essentially the most fascinating and demanding have addressed the difficulty of family structure and its functionality as an area for either the dramatisation and the negotiation of a cluster of hugely salient matters relating, among different issues, belonging and exclusion, worry and wish, id and distinction. Our home is a cross-disciplinary number of essays taking as its concentration either the chance and the potential of ‘the house’. This latter time period is taken in its broadest attainable resonance, encompassing every thing from the good homes so loved of nineteenth-century English novelists to the caravans and cellular houses of the latterday traveling group, and all issues in among. The essays are written through a mix of validated and rising students, operating in a number of scholarly disciplines, together with literary feedback, sociology, cultural reports, historical past, well known track, and structure. No particular tuition or concept predominates, even though the paintings of 2 key figures – Gaston Bachelard and Martin Heidegger – is engaged all through. This assortment engages with a couple of key matters raised by way of the more and more stricken dating among the cultural (built) and typical environments within the modern global. Contents Acknowledgements participants Gerry SMYTH and Jo CROFT: creation: tradition and household house 1 Joe MORAN: homes, behavior and reminiscence 2 Gerry SMYTH: ‘You comprehend what family structure must be, you do’: discovering domestic within the Wind within the Willows three Karen SAYER: The lifetime of a rustic Cottage four Ruth MCELROY: Labouring at relaxation: facets of way of life and the increase of remodeling five Shane ALCOBIA-MURPHY: secure condo: Authenticity, Nostalgia and the Irish condominium 6 Mari HUGHES-EDWARDS: ‘The residence … has cancer’: Representations of family area within the Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy 7 Scott BREWSTER: development, residing, relocating: Seamus Heaney, Tom Paulin and the opposite Aesthetic eight Jeff ADAMS: locations: household area in photo Novels nine Peter CHILDS: owners: group, Violence and Resistance in 3 modern Women’s Texts 10 Ron MOY: Sonic structure: domestic Hi-fi and Stereo(types) eleven Jo CROFT: a lifetime of Longing in the back of the bed room Door: Adolescent house and the Makings of non-public id 12 Joseph BOUGHEY: One Widower’s domestic: Excavating a few Disturbed Meanings of household house References Index

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Why should this “heady evocation of the English pastoral dream” (Wullschläger 2001: 161) resonate so strongly with a late twentieth-century Irish boy? One answer must be the text’s ability to create a world alternative to the ‘real’ one outside the text. As Francis Spufford writes: The books you read as a child brought you sights you hadn’t seen yourself, scents you hadn’t smelled, sounds you hadn’t heard. They introduced you to people you hadn’t met, and helped you to sample ways of being that would never have occurred to you.

This dual root, though, suggests an ambivalence at the heart of the term itself. It can represent both the desire to return to a stable and secure point, and a recognition that such desire is always painfully deferred because past experience is unrecoverable (Boym 2001: xiii, 3). Bachelard’s house of dream-memory, locked securely into the earth by the thickness of its load-bearing walls and the depth of its foundations, conveys the possibility of return to a pure point of origin. Clearly, no such reassuring meanings are conveyed by dilapidated high-rises, derelict houses and the rubble and empty spaces left by demolished ‘slums’.

With countless imprints and republications, the tale of the four friends and their various adventures has (in the marketing parlance) captured the imagination of generations of people: not only in England, in which country the book is set – The Wind in the Willows is one of a select number of stories to enjoy transnational appeal; and not only for children – the text possesses the rare ability to continue to resonate for mature readers who might be expected to have outgrown its childish charms.

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