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Bloomsbury Academic USA
21 September 2017
Airportness takes the reader on a single day's journey through all the routines and stages of an ordinary flight. From curbside to baggage, and pondering the minutes and hours of sitting in between, Christopher Schaberg contemplates the mundane world of commercial aviation to discover the nature of flight. For Schaberg this means hearing planes in the sky, recognizing airline symbols in unlikely places, and navigating the various zones of transit from sliding doors, to jet bridge, to lavatory. It is an ongoing, swarming ecosystem that unfolds each day as we fly, get stranded, and arrive at our destinations. Airportness turns out to be more than just architecture and design elements-rather, it is all the rumble and buzz of flight, the tedium of travel as well as the feelings of uplift.
By:   Dr. Christopher Schaberg (Loyola University New Orleans USA)
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic USA
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   HPOD
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 127mm, 
Weight:   233g
ISBN:   9781501325694
ISBN 10:   1501325698
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   21 September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Preflight 2. Ride to the Airport 3. Curbside 4. Boarding Pass 5. Security 6. Walk to the Gate 7. People Watching 8. Attack 9. Waiting 10. Workers 11. Art 12. Gate Change 13. Gate Lice 14. Fishing Shirts 15. Runway 16. Holding 17. Takeoff 18. Window Seat 19. Sunrise 20. Armrests 21. New Planes 22. Airplane Reading I 23. Consider the Lavatory 24. Snacking 25. Initial Descent 26. Connection 27. Play 28. Sparrows 29. Twitter 30. Breakfast 31. 747 32. Colin Farrell 33. In-flight Entertainment I: Somewhere 34. In-flight Entertainment II: The Force Awakens 35. Airplane Reading II 36. Plane Sighting 37. Higher Still 38. Entanglements 39. In-flight Entertainment III: United 93 40. Old Planes 41. Gender 42. Water Landing 43. Arrival 44. Destination 45. Baggage 46. Exit 47. Home Acknowledgments Bibliography Index

Christopher Schaberg is Associate Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Loyola University New Orleans, USA, where he teaches courses on contemporary literature and nonfiction, cultural studies, and environmental theory. He is the author of The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight (2013) and The End of Airports (2015) and co-editor of Deconstructing Brad Pitt (2014). He is series co-editor (with Ian Bogost) of Bloomsbury's Object Lessons.

Reviews for Airportness: The Nature of Flight

An enchanting, meditative journey through the cultures and ecologies of contemporary flight. Airportness unsettles places and processes that are often taken for granted, drawing us out into the simultaneously fascinating and disturbing webs of earthly possibility that are tangled up in the world-forming creature we call an airport. Thom van Dooren, Associate Professor of Environmental Humanities, University of New South Wales, Australia, and author of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction Airportness is an insightful, witty guide to the ecologies of Earth's strange new habitat. A Thoreau not of Concord, but of the concourse, Schaberg writes with boundless curiosity for the many layers of meaning and contradiction within the physical and mental space of airports David George Haskell, Professor of Biology, University of the South, USA, and author of The Songs of Trees and Pulitzer finalist The Forest Unseen With deep insight and a singular brilliance, Christopher Schaberg takes the reader on a journey from curb to curb, chastising us for our indifference to cloudscapes, rekindling our wonder for liftoff, asking us to reckon with airport as metaphor for late-stage capitalism, for American identity, for the last vestiges of faith, even, ironically, for what we call home. Part razor-sharp critique, part advanced elegy for a doomed mode of transportation, Airportness is finally a declaration of love for a threatened land(sky)scape, an imperative to remain awake and alive. Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted


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