The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of

The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight [PDF / EPUB] The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight This is a book about airport stories It is about common narratives of airports that circulate in everyday life, and about the secret stories of airports the strange or hidden narratives that do not al This is Life of eBook ´ a book about airport stories It is about common narratives of airports that circulate in everyday life, and about the secret stories of airports the strange or hidden narratives that do The Textual Epub / not always fit into standard ideas of these in between places Tales of near disaster, endless delays, dramatic weather shifts, a lost bag that suddenly appears such stories are familiar accounts of a place Textual Life of PDF/EPUB ¼ that seems to thrive on and recycle its own mythologies The Textual Life of Airports shows how airports demand to be read Working at the intersection of literary studies and cultural theory, Schaberg tracks airport stories in American literature, as well as in a range of visual texts film, airport art, magazine illustrations It accounts for how airports appear in literature throughout the twentieth century, while also examining the influx of airport figures in markedly post literature and culture These literary and cultural representations work together to form the textual life of airports.


10 thoughts on “The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight

  1. says:

    I was interested in the topic airports and the culture of flight But this was a hard slog, heavy on the Derrida, Baudrillard, and academic jargon.


  2. says:

    Before reading this book, I thought of reading in airports and during flight as a fairly straightforward matter Never again In The Textual Life of Airports Reading the Culture of Flight, author Christopher Schaberg takes the term airport reading to a whole new nuanced level He explores an incredible range of texts from a Fitzgerald novel to a series of modern art installments and makes his own interpretations as to the ways in which we experience, talk about, and understand air trave Before reading this book, I thought of reading in airports and during flight as a fairly straightforward matter Never again In The Textual Life of Airports Reading the Culture of Flight, author Christopher Schaberg takes the term airport reading to a whole new nuanced level He explores an incredible range of texts from a Fitzgerald novel to a series of modern art installments and makes his own interpretations as to the ways in which we experience, talk about, and understand air travel Each chapter begins with an account of Schaberg s own experience working in a small mountain town airport These vignettes ground thephilosophical and academic sections of the book As an example, I was struck by a sentence at the beginning of chapter three By boarding a flight carrying a concealed weapon, federal agents produce the state of emergency that they claim to be protecting the flight from Schaberg starts off the chapter with a description of how federal agents can get special permission to carry a weapon And then he ends the chapter with the story of Haisong Jiang the innocent lover who caused a security breach havoc in the Newark Airport Schaberg is a master at framing such fascinating juxtapositions the seriousness of a secret weapon vs a simple kiss on the wrong side of a security line Overall, I found this book to be a uniquely accessible and critical look at an everyday phenomena It gave me a whole new context in which to read the culture of flight


  3. says:

    Of course you bring a book to read at the airport But did you ever consider reading the airport itself Christopher Schaberg has made a career of reading the airport and in The Textual Life of Airports, he examines some of the ways airports have been portrayed in literature and film, and considers what the airport has to say to us.By reading the airport, Schaberg seems to mean looking at the airport and thinking about it Normally, that kind of thing strikes me as being an egghead ish thing t Of course you bring a book to read at the airport But did you ever consider reading the airport itself Christopher Schaberg has made a career of reading the airport and in The Textual Life of Airports, he examines some of the ways airports have been portrayed in literature and film, and considers what the airport has to say to us.By reading the airport, Schaberg seems to mean looking at the airport and thinking about it Normally, that kind of thing strikes me as being an egghead ish thing to do But I ve spent a lot of time in airports, and I think I get where Schaberg is coming from The airport is not your destination, you re only there to get from one place to another, even if you ve just arrived, you re still on your way to a hotel, a conference center, home Yet, it s nothing like a train station or a bus station I certainly wouldn t want to read a bus station.Schaberg looks at the art in the airport, at the carpet, at the landscaping, the architecture, at the security screening He reads what novelists have written about airports, analyzes how filmmakers have portrayed airports, listens to airport inspired music He spends an entire chapter deconstructing three Hardy Boys books that featured airports Fittingly, I found The Textual Life of Airports in a London book store Foyle s and read the book on the plane and airport returning home to Las Vegas This really would be an excellent book to stock in any airport bookstore


  4. says:

    I started reading this because I was working on a review that involved a big scene at an airport It arrived too late to be much help for that review, but I m glad I read this because it is a beautiful meditation on the textual life of airports Or to put it another way, the way that airports are represented in art and literature Some of the work on airport artwork, which is generally so ephemeral was really interesting.


  5. says:

    i m probably biased because i love airports and i love cultural studies, but this book brilliantly combines them both, interspersed with the author s real life experience as an airport employee great read for truly encompassing perspectives on what airports are, do and mean


  6. says:

    Enjoyable I particularly appreciated the overall clarity of the prose and the accesibility of the author s theoretical engagement I found the literary interpretations engaging despite my unfamiliarity with most texts mentioned, partly because his passion was quite evident.


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