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Rootedness : The Ramifications of a Metaphor (Hardcover) (Christy Wampole)

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Roots are good to think with—indeed most of us use them as a metaphor every day. A root can signify the hiddenness of our beginnings, or, in its bifurcating structure, the various possibilities in the life of an individual or a collective. This book looks at rootedness as a metaphor for the genealogical origins of people and their attachment to place—and how this metaphor transformed so rapidly in twentieth-century Europe. Christy Wampole’s case study is France, with its contradictory legacies of Enlightenment universalism, anti-Semitism, and colonialism. At one time, French nationalist rhetoric portrayed the Jews as unrooted and thus unrighteous people. After the two world wars, the root metaphor figured in the new French philosophy (notably Deleuze and Guattari). And recently, Caribbean thinkers in Haiti, Guadeloupe, and Martinique have debated whether their roots were in Africa, France, the Caribbean, or in some pan-national network that could not be identified on a map. Walpole argues that while the metaphor was perhaps once useful in the establishment of communities and identities, that usefulness has expired. The longer we remain attached to the figure of rootedness, the more discord it sows. Giving up on the metaphor of rootedness, Wampole urges, allows us to see at last that we are in fact unbound by the land we inhabit.
Number of Pages: 287
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: European / General
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Christy Wampole
Language: English
Street Date: April 6, 2016
TCIN: 51096157
UPC: 9780226317656
Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-4461
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