British- European Entanglements: M.G. Sanchez' The Escape Artist and the Case of Gibraltar

Habermann, Ina. (2018) British- European Entanglements: M.G. Sanchez' The Escape Artist and the Case of Gibraltar. Journal for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (2). b1-20.

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Is it true that Brexit is the inevitable consequence of the existence of the English Channel, which creates an 'island mentality' that makes the British incapable of being part of a European project? An in-depth study of the impact of space on cultural identity reveals the 'pseudo-logic' of such 'geographical' arguments that is often deployed for political purposes. If geography matters, how, precisely, does it matter? Taking my cue from geocriticism and topopoetics, I will make space central to my analysis of the negotiation of cultural identity, emphasizing points of contact, liminal spaces, crossroads and border zones. One such liminal space where Britain is connected with Continental Europe is Gibraltar, historically significant due to its geopolitical location, still a British colony in the Mediterranean, and truly a hybrid 'space of entanglement'. I will offer a reading of The Escape Artist (2013), a novel by the distinguished Gibraltarian writer M.G. Sanchez, set during the time when the Spanish dictator Franco had closed the border with British Gibraltar. As I will argue, the novel provides us with a fascinating literary exploration of a Gibraltarian predicament newly relevant in the era of Brexit.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > English Modern Literature (Habermann)
UniBasel Contributors:Habermann, Ina
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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