Prescott Boots, 2010 - Neil Campbell

1: José E. Limón, ‘Border Literary Histories, Globalization, and Critical Regionalism’
(American Literary History (2008) 20 (1-2): 160-182.)
doi: 10.1093/alh/ajm056 – First published online: January 31, 2008

In this important article Limon argues that ‘Through the concept of critical regionalism, a case seems to be developing for a renewal of regionalist thinking, not in any isolated sense, but rather within yet in tension with globalization’. He reviews the work of Jameson on Frampton and quotes from both Douglas Reichert Powell and Cheryl Temple Herr (Key thinkers): ‘We thus have in this concept’, he continues, ‘an abiding and fulsome respect for and rendering of the complexity of local cultures in comparison to others in the world, while recognizing that all are in constant but critical interaction with the global. Such, I think, is an alternative way to render literary histories, at least those involving the US-Mexico border, a desirable goal, in my view, not achieved by the work of José Saldívar’.

He concludes ‘I began with Robert Livingston, who offers a closing critical assessment of globalization relative to what he endorses as “agency” and “place” that seems remarkably consistent with much of what I have argued here in my critique and on behalf of critical regionalism. “To grasp the scenarios of globalization,” he says, “requires resisting the impulse to set global and local into immediate opposition. Their intertwining may be made more helpfully understood [through the figure of the glocal which] has the advantage not only of making visible the mutual articulation of our two spatial coordinates but also of insisting, neologically, on the need for a more careful rereading of the means of articulation” (147).’

The whole article is available online at   http://alh.oxfordjournals.org/content/20/1-2/160.full

2: Transformations Issue No. 12 (December 2005) — Rethinking Regionality

Warwick Mules, ‘The edges of the earth: critical regionalism as an aesthetics of the singular’, http://www.transformationsjournal.org/journal/issue_12/article_03.shtml

Kenneth Frampton, “Towards a Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance”, in The Anti-Aesthetic. Essays on Postmodern Culture (1983) edited by Hal Foster, Bay Press, Seattle.

Alex Tzonis and Liliane Lefaivre, “The grid and the pathway. An introduction to the work of Dimitris and Suzana Antonakakis”, Architecture in Greece (1981) 15, Athens.

Judith Butler and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging” (2007), Seagull Books.

Douglas Powell, Critical Regionalism: Connecting Politics and Culture in the American Landscape (2007), University of North Carolina Press.


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