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Introduction: Word Made Flesh

Gillian Whitlock

in Soft Weapons

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226895253
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226895277 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226895277.003.0001
Introduction: Word Made Flesh

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This book begins with Salam Pax to stress transformation and experiments in ways that selves are imagined and constructed now. Pax is a sign of a world that is “massively globalized” in the recent past as a result of mass media and mass migration. Globalization reaches toward the transnational circuitries of images and narratives that are a feature of contemporary culture. It is often characterized in terms of flow. This book also presents some large claims about the cultural, social, and political work of autobiography. It then reports some of the Muslim life narratives that have been taken up in a time of crisis when recognition of viable speaking subjects in the public sphere has become an urgent issue. An overview of the chapters included in this book is finally given.

Keywords: Salam Pax; globalization; mass media; mass migration; autobiography; Muslim life narratives

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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