Sea Journeys to Fortress Europe: Lyric Deterritorializations in Texts by Caroline Bergvall and José F.A. Oliver

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Abstract

This article reflects on the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean by offering a comparative reading of multilingual lyric works by José F. A. Oliver and Caroline Bergvall that question Fortress Europe’s self-construction as a sacred space. Drawing on Deleuze and Guattari, as well as Agamben and Benjamin, the article argues that formal experimentation in the texts promotes a deterritorialization of language that gives radical witness to lives lost at sea. By changing the subject position, the texts are shown to actualize a multilingual politics of speech and performance that holds majoritarian forms of language to account for their forced exclusions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)812-846
Number of pages35
JournalModern Language Review
Volume113
Issue number4
Early online date1 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Deleuze
  • Guattari
  • migration
  • multilingual
  • lyric poetry
  • Caroline Bergvall
  • José F.A. Oliver
  • deterritorialization
  • Mediterranean
  • drowning
  • Fortress Europe
  • Drift
  • Forensic Architecture

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