Geocritical Explorations: Space, Place, and Mapping in Literary and Cultural Studies

Author Tally, Robert T.
Year 2011
Publisher London: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages 250
ISBN 9780230120808


Amazon (2013): "Geocritical Explorations" is the necessary companion volume to Bertrand Westphal's "Geocriticism", as well as a notable contribution in its own right to our understanding of the spatial turn in contemporary literary criticism. Taking Westphal's theorization of 'geocriticism' as their point of departure, the authors of the essays collected here offer provocative reflections on the theory and practice of putting 'place' at the center of our thinking about literature. Ranging across the cartography, ecology, insularity, frontiers, topography, and many other aspects of places on five different continents as figured in fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose, the essays in this volume demonstrate that "place" is never a simple matter, just a neglected one. They teach us fruitful ways to attend to place in literature, and thereby to recover its role in the making of our world."In recent years the spatial turn in literary and cultural studies has opened up new ways of looking at the interactions among writers, readers, texts, and places. Geocriticism offers a timely new approach, and this book presents an array of concrete examples or readings, which also reveal the broad range of geocritical practices.