Mapping the Media of Aleksandar Hemon's Diasporic Time-Geography

  • Nathan Allen Jung Loyola University Chicago
Keywords: American literature, diaspora studies, media studies, spatial theory, transnational literature

Abstract

This article brings spatial theory, diasporic culture, and media studies together in cross-platform readings of the Bosnian-American author Aleksandar Hemon. It argues that Hemon’s novels and websites render diasporic space in terms of “time–geography,” which represents places as loci for multiple histories of migration. Diasporic time–geography produces several perspectives on shared space; such perspectives are further compounded when Hemon’s novels Nowhere Man (2004) and The Lazarus Project (2008) are read comparatively with their websites. However, I argue that Hemon’s diversiform approach to space assumes coherence when read as a critique. In particular, his use of text, image, and interactive web design to represent the spaces of Chicago, Sarajevo, Lviv, and more contests the spatial abstraction of the nation-state described by Henri Lefebvre. Against this abstraction, Hemon’s work understands diasporic space as a concrete social production inflected by past, present, and future population movements.

Author Biography

Nathan Allen Jung, Loyola University Chicago
Dr. Nathan Jung is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned his BA in English, Psychology & Integrated Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his MA in English at the University of Toronto, and his doctorate in English from Loyola University Chicago. His current work explores theories of media in diasporic culture, and argues that these theories revise public sphere theory for an age of globalization. His work has appeared in the Journal of the Midwestern Modern Language Association, James Joyce Quarterly, and other venues.
Published
2018-07-18