Video: Matthew Hart Introduces Extraterritorial


A fascinating book about why the idea of being extraterritorial has come to preoccupy writers and artists and a rejoinder to celebrations of the cosmopolitan intellect or the ostensible age of postnational globalization. Hart highlights the aesthetic appeal and confusion arising from extraterritoriality’s mixture of loosening and constraint, of being outside but also within, in spaces where political determination is at once constant and violable.

~Sarah Brouillette, author of UNESCO and the Fate of the Literary

What is the extraterritorial, and why has it become such an important site for twenty-first-century literature and politics? In this video, Matthew Hart takes a break from his role as the president of the Modernist Studies Association to discuss his new book on contemporary global culture and politics, Extraterritorial: A Political Geography of Contemporary Fiction.

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