Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life: Memory, Place and the Senses, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life

Memory, Place and the Senses, 1st Edition

By Christine Berberich, Neil Campbell


272 pages

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Bringing together a diverse group of scholars representing the fields of cultural and literary studies, cultural politics and history, creative writing and photography, this collection examines the different ways in which human beings respond to, debate and interact with landscape. How do we feel, sense, know, cherish, memorise, imagine, dream, desire or even fear landscape? What are the specific qualities of experience that we can locate in the spaces in and through which we live? While the essays most often begin with the broadly literary - the memoir, the travelogue, the novel, poetry - the contributors approach the topic in diverse and innovative ways. The collection is divided into five sections: ’Peripheral Cultures’, dealing with dislocation and imagined landscapes'; ’Memory and Mobility’, concerning the road as the scene of trauma and movement; ’Suburbs and Estates’, contrasting American and English spaces; ’Literature and Place’, foregrounding the fluidity of the fictional and the real and the human and nonhuman; and finally, ’Sensescapes’, tracing the sensory response to landscape. Taken together, the essays interrogate important issues about how we live now and might live in the future.


'This book takes us into a world that seems oddly familiar, but as it casts a critical light on the people, places and processes through which life is made, it reveals aspects of our world that too frequently elude and slip past us. Through passionate, rich and at times deeply moving prose, this is a book that encourages us to look-again and bring into plain sight the complex, intimate and lived nature of our everyday lives.' Angharad Saunders, University of South Wales, UK

"This ambitious and imaginatively conceived collection of essays constitutes a fertile and welltimed intervention in current debates around the literary and cultural perceptions and representations of place and space, and one which readers and scholars in the field of ecocriticism and creative nature writing will find both stimulating and thought-provoking. (…) In sum, this book offers an imaginatively varied, timely and wide-ranging, if at times eclectic, investigation of the ways in which affect theory, initially motivated by and rooted in Merleau-Ponty and other theorists, has moved on to facilitate and energise new cultural, literary and aesthetic interpretations of human(e) bodily responses to the natural environment". - Roger Ebbatson, Lancaster University

Table of Contents

Part 1 Peripheral Cultures:

'You're not in Ireland now': landscape and loss in Irish women's poetry

Deirdre O'Byrne

At some distance from the Scottish mainland: urban television producers and Hebridean Islands

David Dunn

Part 2 Memory and Mobility:

Placing affect: remembering strangers at roadside crash shrines

Robert M. Bednar

Speed and stillness: driving in the countryside

Rosemary Shirley

Part 3 Suburbs and Estates:

Doomed developments in the desert: re-reading land development, the American family and ordinary places in a time of 'cruel optimism'

Nancy S. Cook

A child in the suburb

Martin Dines

At once irrational and objective: photography's construction of place

Andy Lock

Part 4 Literature and Place:

'Other than they were': fair places full of folk

Michael W. Thomas

Great plains' vernacular: why spatial idiolect matters

Sue Naramore Maher

'The last pure place on earth': Antarctic affect in Jenny Diski's Skating to Antarctica and Sara Wheeler's Terra Incognita

Joanna Price

Plots: the narrative of place in contemporary nature writing

Daniel Weston

Part 5 Sensescapes:

Dancing - worlding the beach: revealing connections through phenomenological movement inquiry

Victoria Hunter

Listening at home

Katharine Norman

In-between places: envisioning and accessing new landscapes

Richard Keating and Sue Porter

About the Authors

Christine Berberich is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth, Neil Campbell is Professor of American Studies in the College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Derby, and Robert Hudson is Professor of European History and Cultural Politics in the College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Derby.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature