Spatiality  book cover
1st Edition


ISBN 9780415664400
Published November 12, 2012 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Spatiality has risen to become a key concept in literary and cultural studies, with critical focus on the ‘spatial turn’ presenting a new approach to the traditional literary analyses of time and history.

Robert T. Tally Jr. explores differing aspects of the spatial in literary studies today, providing:

  • An overview of the spatial turn across literary theory, from historicism and postmodernism to postcolonialism and globalization
  • Introductions to the major theorists of spatiality, including Michel Foucault, David Harvey, Edward Soja, Erich Auerbach, Georg Lukács, and Fredric Jameson
  • Analysis of critical perspectives on spatiality, such as the writer as map-maker, literature of the city and urban space, and the concepts of literary geography, cartographics and geocriticism.

This clear and engaging study presents readers with a thought provoking and illuminating guide to the literature and criticism of ‘space’.

Table of Contents

Introduction: You Are Here  1. The Spatial Turn  2. Literary Cartography  3. Literary Geography  4. Geocriticism  Conclusion: Other Spaces

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Robert T. Tally Jr. is Associate Professor of English at Texas State University, USA.


"Until Tally, no one had thought to explore contemporary theory more generally for the traces of spatial practice and thinking, something he has done with extraordinary thoroughness and intelligence, as well as with a good deal of originality. I would now consider his book on to the subject an indispensable introduction to the "spatial turn" of modern philosophy and criticism."

Fredric Jameson, Duke University