Working at the crossroads of contemporary geographical and cultural theory, the book explores how social spaces function as sites which foreground D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf's critiques of the social order and longings for change. Looking at various social spaces from homes to nations to utopian space brought into the here and now the book shows the ways in which these writers criticize and deconstruct the contemporary symbolic, physical, and discursive spatial topoi of the dominant socio-spatial order and envision a more liberating and inclusive human geography. In addition, the book calls for the need to redress the tendency of some spatial theories to underestimate the political potential of literary discourse about space, instead of simply and mechanically appropriating some theoretical concepts to literary criticism. One of the central findings in the book, therefore, is that literary texts can perform subversive interventions in the production of social space through their critical interaction with dominant spatial codes.
Younjoo San is a full-time lecturer at the Department of English Language & Literature at Seoul National University. Is a member of the Virginia Woolf society in Korea, the James Joyce Society in Korea, and Studies in Modern Fiction. Recent publications include Virginis Woolf's 'Moments of Being' and Utopia Refigured and The Journal of Humanities, Rethinking Epiphanies: The Politics of Utopic Space/ Time in D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf.