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The Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space

Edited By

Robert Tally Jr.

ISBN 9781138816350
Published January 24, 2017 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

The "spatial turn" in literary studies is transforming the way we think of the field. The Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space maps the key areas of spatiality within literary studies, offering a comprehensive overview but also pointing towards new and exciting directions of study. The interdisciplinary and global approach provides a thorough introduction and includes thirty-two essays on topics such as:

  • Spatial theory and practice

  • Critical methodologies

  • Work sites

  • Cities and the geography of urban experience

  • Maps, territories, readings.

The contributors to this volume demonstrate how a variety of romantic, realist, modernist, and postmodernist narratives represent the changing social spaces of their world, and of our own world system today.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Reassertion of Space in Literary Studies

Robert T. Tally Jr.

Part I. Spatial Theory and Practice

1. In, Of, Out, With, and Through: New Perspectives in Literary Geography

Marc Brosseau

2. Critical Literary Geography

Andrew Thacker

3. Senses of Place

Neal Alexander

4. Inventions of Space: Deleuze between Concept and Event

Tom Conley

5. Phenomenology, Place, and the Spatial Turn

Eric Prieto

6. Spatializing Practices at the Intersections: Representations and Productions of Spaces

Gerhard van den Heever

Part II. Critical Methodologies

7. Literary Geography and the Digital: The Emergence of Neogeography

Peta Mitchell

8. Reading as Mapping

Christina Ljungberg

9. Sound and Rhythm in Literary Space-Time

Sheila Hones

10. Elizabeth Bishop In and Out of Place: A Topopoetic Approach

Tim Cresswell

11. Literature Across Scales

Hsuan L. Hsu

12. Digital Literary Cartographies: Mapping British Romanticism

David Cooper

13. Literature and Land Surveying

Sarah Luria

Part III. Work Sites

14. Atopia / Non-Place

Siobhan Carroll

15. Heterotopies: The Possible and the Real in Foucault, Beckett, and Calvino

Amanda Dennis

16. Dreams, Memories, Longings: The Dimension of Projected Places in Fiction

Barbara Piatti

17. Imaginative Regions

Juha Ridanpää

18. Neighbourhoods: Thick Description in the City

Julie Sanders

19. Islands: Literary Geographies of Possession, Separation, and Transformation

James Kneale

20. Island Spatialities

Johannes Riquet

Part IV. Cities and the Geography of Urban Experience

21. The City Novel: Measuring Referential, Spatial, Linguistic, and Temporal Distances

Lieven Ameel

22. From the City of London to the Desert Island: Defoe and the Writing of Space and Place

Emmanuelle Peraldo

23. The Speculative Fictional Mapping of Literary Johannesburg’s Spaces in Beukes’s Zoo City and Grey’s The Mall

Irikidzayi Manase

24. Space of Difference in Subterranean Toronto

Amy Lavender Harris

25. On This Spot: Materialism, Memory, and the Politics of Absence in Greenwich Village

Elayne Tobin

26. The Following is an Account of What Happened: Plot, Space, and the Art of Shadowing

Jean-François Duclos

Part V. Maps, Territories, Readings

27. From the Spatial Turn to the Spacetime-Vitalist Turn: Mahjoub’s Navigation of a Rainmaker and Owuor’s Dust

Russell West-Pavlov

28. Environmental Determinism and American Literature: Historicizing Geography and Form

Rebecca Walsh

29. Mapping Without Maps: Memory and Cartography in Las Casas’s Very Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies

Ricardo Padrón

30. Joycean Chronotopography: Homer, Dante, Ulysses

Charles Travis

31. Intellectual Cartographies of the Cold War: Latin American Visitors to the People’s Republic of China, 1952–1958

Rosario Hubert

32. Feminist Geocritical Activism: Natalie Barney’s Writing of Women’s Spaces into Women’s Places

Amy D. Wells


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