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Geocriticism: Real and Fictional Spaces by…

Geocriticism: Real and Fictional Spaces

by Bertrand Westphal

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In the first half I thought it was a 4.5 text with a personal-interest rating of about 3, but it very much grew on me as I went and proves very useful for the student of literature interested in spatial theory. For me Westphal made more sense of Lefevbre's [b:The Production of Space|328403|The Production of Space|Henri Lefebvre|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347614979s/328403.jpg|1093553], essentialising it to the parts I would actually use and apply to my reading of spaces. On a purely aesthetic note, though it was a pricey book the binding seemed lovely. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
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Although time traditionally dominated the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences, space has reasserted itself in the contexts of postmodernity, postcolonialism, and globalization. Today, a number of emerging critical discourses connect geography, architecture, and environmental studies, among others to literature, film, and the mimetic arts.  Bertrand Westphal’s  Geocriticism explores these diverse fields, examines various theories of space and place, and proposes a new critical practice suitable for understanding our spatial condition today.  Drawing on a wide array of theoretical and literary resources from around the globe and from antiquity to the present, Westphal argues for a geocritical approach to literary and cultural studies.  This volume is an indispensible touchstone for those interested in the interactions between literature and space.

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Geocriticism provides a theoretical foundation and a critical exploration of geocriticism, an interdisciplinary approach to understanding literature in relation to space and place. Drawing on diverse thinkers, Westphal argues that a geocritical approach enables novel ways of seeing literary texts and of conducting literary studies.… (more)

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