Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity (review)

Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity (review) of James Baldwin. As we continue to do so, James Baldwin's Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile should have a prominent place on all of our bookshelves. D. Quentin Miller Suffolk University Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity. By Iain Chambers. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008. 191 pp. Cloth $79. 95, paper $22.95. While reading Mediterranean Crossings, I was wistfully reminded of two invaluable books: Predrag Matvejevi's Mediterranean: A Cultural Landscape --marked by his meticulous local knowledge, elegant multilingualism, and sincere dedication to the intercontinental histories of Mediterranean languages, literatures, and cultures, as well as by his genuine passion for seas, ships, maps, and islands--and Virginia Woolf 's A Room of One's Own--an astute contribution to the history of writing, which is particularly perceptive when her reflections on "anger snatch[ing the] pencil" enter the discussion of writing against oppression.1 Why laud the specificities of two books while reviewing a third? Because anger was tampering with the integrity of Iain Chambers the critic as "anger was tampering with the integrity of Charlotte Brontë the novelist," as Woolf ascertains.2 Had Chambers's study of the "forgotten voice" and "ignored body" (Chambers 26) happened as an actual practice of what http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Literature Studies Penn State University Press

Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity (review)

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of James Baldwin. As we continue to do so, James Baldwin's Turkish Decade: Erotics of Exile should have a prominent place on all of our bookshelves. D. Quentin Miller Suffolk University Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity. By Iain Chambers. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008. 191 pp. Cloth $79. 95, paper $22.95. While reading Mediterranean Crossings, I was wistfully reminded of two invaluable books: Predrag Matvejevi's Mediterranean: A Cultural Landscape --marked by his meticulous local knowledge, elegant multilingualism, and sincere dedication to the intercontinental histories of Mediterranean languages, literatures, and cultures, as well as by his genuine passion for seas, ships, maps, and islands--and Virginia Woolf 's A Room of One's Own--an astute contribution to the history of writing, which is particularly perceptive when her reflections on "anger snatch[ing the] pencil" enter the discussion of writing against oppression.1 Why laud the specificities of two books while reviewing a third? Because anger was tampering with the integrity of Iain Chambers the critic as "anger was tampering with the integrity of Charlotte Brontë the novelist," as Woolf ascertains.2 Had Chambers's study of the "forgotten voice" and "ignored body" (Chambers 26) happened as an actual practice of what

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Published: Feb 10, 2010

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