Security and hospitality in literature and culture: Modern and contemporary perspectives

Jeffrey Michael CLAPP (Editor), Emily Anna Maria RIDGE (Editor)

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With contributions from an international array of scholars, this volume opens a dialogue between discourses of security and hospitality in modern and contemporary literature and culture. The chapters in the volume span domestic spaces and detention camps, the experience of migration and the phenomena of tourism, interpersonal exchanges and cross-cultural interventions. The volume explores the multifarious ways in which subjects, citizens, communities, and states negotiate the mutual, and potentially exclusive, desires to secure themselves and offer hospitality to others. From the individual’s telephone and data, to the threshold of the family home, to the borders of the nation, sites of securitization confound hospitality’s injunction to openness, gifting, and refuge. In demonstrating an interrelation between ongoing discussions of hospitality and the intensifying attention to security, the book engages with a range of literary, cultural, and geopolitical contexts, drawing on work from other disciplines, including philosophy, political science, and sociology. Further, it defines a new interdisciplinary area of inquiry that resonates with current academic interests in world literature, transnationalism, and cosmopolitanism. Copyright © 2016 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York; London
ISBN (Electronic)9781317425847
ISBN (Print)9781138915848, 9781315690018
Publication statusPublished - 2016


Clapp, J., & Ridge, E. (Eds.). (2016). Security and hospitality in literature and culture: Modern and contemporary perspectives. New York; London: Routledge.


  • Language & literature
  • Politics & international relations
  • Social sciences
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality and events


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