The Domestic Space Reader by Chiara BrigantiThe Domestic Space Reader by Chiara Briganti

The Domestic Space Reader

EditorChiara Briganti, Kathy Mezei

Paperback | November 23, 2012

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Tune in to HGTV, visit your local bookstore's magazine section, or flip to the 'Homes' section of your weekend newspaper, and it becomes clear: domestic spaces play an immense role in our cultural consciousness. The Domestic Space Reader addresses our collective fascination with houses and homes by providing the first comprehensive survey of the concept across time, cultures, and disciplines.

This pioneering anthology, which is ideal for students and general readers, features writing by key scholars, thinkers, and writers including Gaston Bachelard, Mary Douglas, Le Corbusier, Homi Bhabha, Henri Lefebvre, Mrs. Beeton, Ma Thanegi, Diana Fuss, Beatriz Colomina, and Edith Wharton. Among the many engaging topics explored are: the impact of domestic technologies on family life; the relationship between religion and the home; nomadic peoples and housing; domestic spaces in art and literature; and the history of the bedroom, the kitchen, and the bathroom. The Domestic Space Reader demonstrates how discussions of domestic spaces can help us better understand our inner lives and challenge our perceptions of life in particular times and places.

Chiara Briganti is the academic director for British Programmes of the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University and a visiting research fellow at King's College London. Kathy Mezei is a professor emeritus in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University.
Title:The Domestic Space ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.05 inPublished:November 23, 2012Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0802096646

ISBN - 13:9780802096647

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Table of Illustrations

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The Idea of Home
Chapter 3. Interiors
Chapter 4. House/Body/Psyche
Chapter 5. Gendered Spaces
Chapter 6. Home Parts
Chapter 7. Liminal Spaces
Chapter 8. Contested Spaces
Chapter 9. Literary Spaces


Editorial Reviews

'This anthology would be notably useful for literature students developing an interdisciplinary understanding of domestic space and for those in other disciplines considering architecture's influence on individual and cultural imaginations.'

- Dale Tracy - Canadian Literature #221: Summer 2014