Globalizing the Peasant

Globalizing the Peasant : Access to Land and the Possibility of Self-realization

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Globalizing the Peasant examines literary narratives from across the globe as an "affective archive" of crucial information regarding the human experience of globalization over the last 150 years. Her revealing lens is focused agrarian populations whose deep emotional and spiritual attachment to the land has been irrevocably disrupted by the globalization processes of enclosure, commodification, and more

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  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739109537
  • 9780739109533

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A truly global study of land in the literary archive, Globalizing the Peasant addresses what many literary critics have failed to fully consider, and what many literary works soundly confront: the need for a non-violent relation between human beings and the land. Lewis draws important new connections for the study of literature, connections that will become increasingly significant for scholars who wish to confront the crisis in land relations in the 21st century. -- Robert P. Marzec, Author of An Ecological and Postcolonial Study of Literature: Empire and Enclosures, From Daniel Defoe to Salman Rushdieshow more

About Virginia L. Lewis

Virginia L. Lewis is Assistant Professor of German at Northern State more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Globalization and Global Literature Chapter 2 Prologue: The Innocence of the Commons Versus the Experience of Enclosures Chapter 3 Being Without: The Condition of Landlessness Chapter 4 When Humans Belong to the Land: The Problem of Tenant Farming Chapter 5 Land as Commodity and the Unmaking of Place Chapter 6 Market Meets Morality-The Place of Emplacement Chapter 7 Common Land Access-Uncommon Text Chapter 8 Illegal Access to Land: Squatting and the Troubled Hope for Justice Chapter 9 Landlessness Revisited: The Tragedy of Globalization Chapter 10 Conclusion: The Lessons of Land Literatureshow more