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The Political Allure of the Local: Food and Cosmopolitanism in Timothy Taylor’s Stanley Park and Ruth L. Ozeki’s My Year of Meats

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Abstract:This article considers the potential political stasis produced through the ossification of a binary opposition between the local and the global.  I consider, what I term, “territorialized cosmopolitanism”(a cosmopolitanism that emerges out of simultaneous multiple global and local affiliations) in two recent novels: Timothy Taylor’s Stanley Park and Ruth L. Ozeki’s My Year of Meats.  I suggest that these novels point to a more radically political step; not the abandonment of the global for the local, but instead taking the lessons of the local and thinking through them globally.

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