Mapping Home in Contemporary Narratives

  • Aleksandra Bida

Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Aleksandra Bida
    Pages 1-10
  3. Home on an Individual Scale and the Philosophy of Learning to Dwell

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Aleksandra Bida
      Pages 13-28
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      Pages 49-63
  4. Home on an Interpersonal Scale and the Economics of Mobility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
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      Pages 67-79
  5. Home on a Social Scale and the Politics of (Hostile) Hospitality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Aleksandra Bida
      Pages 119-131
  6. Home on a Global Scale and the Relevance of Cosmopolitanism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
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      Pages 165-178
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      Pages 215-219
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-241

About this book


By offering an analysis of the idea of home across the individual, interpersonal, social, and global scales, Mapping Home aims to show the extent to which self-concept is deeply tied to constructions of home in a globally mobile age. The epistemological link between dwelling as "knowing oneself" and the experience of welcome as key to being able to map "one's place(s) in the world" are examined through Martin Heidegger's concept of dwelling, Zygmunt Bauman's notion of liquid modernity, Jacques Derrida's exploration of hostile hospitality, and Kwame Anthony Appiah's sense of cosmopolitanism as border-crossing conversation. To further explore these ideas, the book draws on multimodal literature and films that span genres, including gothic horror, fantasy and science fiction, thoughtful comedies, and politically nuanced tragedies. The quality that deeply links the texts is their ability to illuminate the stabilities and mobilities through which home not only mediates but also integrates an individual's diverse experiences of belonging in different locations as well as on different geocultural scales—from the intimate "household" to the more abstract "hometown" or "homeland" and beyond.


mapping in literature geography in literature spatiality in literature belonging in literature mobilities studies geocriticism film studies concept of home global meaning of home community

Authors and affiliations

  • Aleksandra Bida
    • 1
  1. 1.Ryerson UniversityTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-97966-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-97967-0
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