Are we certain we know what it means to be at home, or away from
home? How familiar are we with the experience of travelling and to
the extent that we are, do we ever travel? Deconstruction At Home:
Metaphors of Travel and Writing departs from the philosophy of
Jacques Derrida to confront philosophical reflection on the notions
of "house" and "travel" with questions raised by cultural, literary
and post-colonial theory. The book argues that contemporary
experiences of travel and displacement as well as contemporary
discourse on travel and travel writing are still indebted to
powerful and enduring philosophical and cultural motifs such as
literalness and metaphoricity, proximity and distance, identity and
difference, selfhood and otherness. By exploring the historical and
conceptual continuities of such traditional pairings, by inquiring
into their conditions of signification and historicity, and by
bringing attention to their inherent antinomies and aporetic
delimitations, the book challenges the habitual notions of home,
hospitality and travel and raises the question of an ethics of
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