Spatial Ecologies takes a new look at the “spatial turn” in French cultural and critical theory since 1968. Verena Andermatt Conley examines how Henri Lefebvre, Michel de Certeau, Jean Baudrillard, Marc Augé, Paul Virilio, Bruno Latour and Etienne Balibar reconsider the experience of space in the midst of considerable political and economic turmoil. The book considers why French critical theorists turned away from questions of time and looked instead toward questions of space. It asks what writing about space can tell us about life in late capitalism. Conley links this question to the problematic of habitality, taking us back to Heidegger and showing how it informs much of French theory. Building on the author's acclaimed earlier study Ecopolitics, Spatial Ecologies argues, through the voices of the authors taken up the eight chapters, for recognition of the virtue of spatial theory and its pragmatic applications in the global milieu. It will be required reading for scholars of literary and cultural theory, and twentieth- and twenty-first century French culture.
Verena Conley is Visiting Professor of Literature and Comparative Literature and of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, and the author of Ecopolitics: The Environment in French Poststructuralist Thought (Routledge, 1996); and Hélène Cixous: Writing the Feminine (University of Nebraska Press, 1991).
Introduction: Space as a Critical Concept
1. Henri Lefebvre: Lived Spaces
2. Michael de Certeau: Anthropological Spaces
3. Jean Baudrillard: Media Places
4. Marc Auge: Non-Places
5. Paul Virilio: Speed Spaces
6. Deleuze and Guattari: Space and Becoming
7. Bruno Latour: Common Spaces
8. Etienne Balibar: Spatial Fictions
Conclusion: Future Spaces
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