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In Topoi/Graphein Christian Abrahamsson maps the paradoxical limit of the in-between to reveal that to be human is to know how to live with the difference between the known and the unknown. Using filmic case studies, including Code Inconnu, Lord of the Flies, and Apocalypse Now, and focusing on key concerns developed in the works of the philosophers Deleuze, Olsson, and Wittgenstein, Abrahamsson starts within the notion of fixed spatiality, in which human thought and action are anchored in the given of identity. He then moves through a social world in which spatiotemporal transformations are neither fixed nor taken for granted. Finally he edges into the pure temporality that lies beyond the maps of fixed points and social relations.

Each chapter is organized into two subjects: topoi, or excerpts from the films, and graphein, the author’s interpretation of presented theories to mirror the displacements, transpositions, juxtapositions, fluctuations, and transformations between delimited categories. A landmark work in the study of human geography, Abrahamsson’s book proposes that academic and intellectual attention should focus on the spatialization between meaning and its materialization in everyday life.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword: Born Again
  2. Gunnar Olsson
  3. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Angle of Power
  2. pp. 17-26
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  1. Part 1: Code inconnu/Crossroads
  2. pp. 27-30
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  1. 1. Encounter/Point
  2. pp. 31-42
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  1. 2. Wall/Stone
  2. pp. 43-47
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  1. 3. Code inconnu/When Above
  2. pp. 48-51
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  1. 4. Limits/Oedipus
  2. pp. 52-57
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  1. 5. Stranger/Terra Firma
  2. pp. 58-64
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  1. Part 2: Lord of the Flies/Passages
  2. pp. 65-68
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  1. 6. Desert/Line
  2. pp. 69-76
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  1. 7. Thing/Swerve
  2. pp. 77-82
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  1. 8. Lord of the Flies/Through
  2. pp. 83-91
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  1. 9. Division/Hermes
  2. pp. 92-96
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  1. 10. Fire/Terra Nullius
  2. pp. 97-104
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  1. Part 3: Apocalypse Now/The Event
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. 11. Dream/Plane
  2. pp. 109-117
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  1. 12. River/Cloud
  2. pp. 118-122
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  1. 13. Apocalypse Now/In-Between
  2. pp. 123-129
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  1. 14. Darkness/Janus
  2. pp. 130-134
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  1. 15. Abyss/Horror Vacui
  2. pp. 135-142
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  1. Part 4: Geographein
  2. pp. 143-144
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 145-166
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 167-176
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 177-182
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 183-190
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781496206084
Related ISBN
9781496204196
MARC Record
OCLC
1019844940
Pages
198
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-29
Language
English
Open Access
No
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