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The Grammar of IdentityTransnational Fiction and the Nature of the Boundary$
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Stephen Clingman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278497

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278497.001.0001

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The Nature of the Boundary

(p.240) Conclusion
The Grammar of Identity

Stephen Clingman

Oxford University Press

The Conclusion presents a meditation on some of the key motifs of the book, turning on the idea of the nature of the boundary. It considers questions of self, place, the global, and the transnational, where ‘difference is not the barrier but the space of crossing, where navigation is essential to the story we wish to become.’ Similarly it returns to the Levinasian ‘difference in height’, which affects the nature and implications of the boundary as well. There is an excursion into Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines, which provided some of the initial impetus of this book, and a reconsideration of sacrifice through Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians. The book ends with a contemplation of the idea of the Promised Land.

Keywords:   Chatwin, Coetzee, global, Levinas, nature of the boundary, Promised Land, sacrifice, transnational

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