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Portable Modernisms: The Art of Travelling Light

Emily Ridge


Luggage is an overlooked detail in the stock sketch of the expatriated modernist writer from the valise-fashioned desks of both James Joyce and Vladimir Nabokov to the lost manuscript-laden cases of Ernest Hemingway and Walter Benjamin. While the trope of modernist exile has long been spotlighted, little attention has been given to the material meaning of this condition. What things and objects do modernism’s exiles and émigrés carry with them and how does the act of carriage enter into the modernist picture more broadly? What are the implications and historical resonances of a portable outloo ... More

Keywords: carriage, character, gender, exile, luggage, modernist, objects, portability, things, wartime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474419598
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419598.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Ridge, author