1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space

Edited By Robert Tally Jr. Copyright 2017
    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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



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