Security, Hospitality, and Perversion in Muriel Spark’s Robinson

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecurity and Hospitality in Literature and Culture
Subtitle of host publicationModern and Contemporary Perspectives
EditorsJeffrey Clapp, Emily Ridge
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages53-63
ISBN (Electronic)9781315690018
ISBN (Print)9781138915848
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature
Volume54

Abstract

This chapter discusses Jacques Derrida's extensive writings on hospitality, including the concept of xenos, and the absolute right of the host to identify the stranger and as such, through this mandatory identification process, contain the threat that transnational subjects might pose. In For Today I Am a Boy, hospitality forms binary oppositions in gender and culture in a community, a family, and even within an individual identity, that of Peter Melville, the main character. This chapter includes works by Chinese authors who write about immigration, and who have experienced transition and transnationalism in their own personal biographies. This chapter focuses on successful bids for citizenship in Chinese contemporary fiction, where hospitality is explored as both an act of welcome and an act of hostility. The transnational Chinese fiction examined in this chapter brings to mind questions of conditionality associated with ownership, property, and culture that are inherent in the ethics of hospitality and influence the individual, society and community.

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Security, Hospitality, and Perversion in Muriel Spark’s Robinson. / RIDGE, Emily.

Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture: Modern and Contemporary Perspectives. ed. / Jeffrey Clapp; Emily Ridge. New York : Routledge, 2016. p. 53-63 (Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature; Vol. 54).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)