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November 16th updates

November 16, 2013

20 new citations added today in theses & dissertations, geography & poetry, 1990-99 and 2000-2009 — see latest additions for details. New citations include 17 chapters from:

Scott, Jamie S., and Paul Simpson-Housley. 2001. Mapping the Sacred: Religion, Geography and Postcolonial Literatures. Rodopi —

Interweaving the interpretative methods of religious studies, literary criticism and cultural geography, the essays in this volume focus on issues associated with the representation of place and space in the writing and reading of the postcolonial. The collection charts the ways in which contemporary writers extend and deepen our awareness of the ambiguities of economic, social and political relations implicated in “sacred space” – the sense of spiritual significance associated with those concrete locations in which adherents of different religious traditions, past and present, maintain a ritual sense of the sanctity of life and its cycles. Part I, “Land, Religion and Literature after Britain,” explores how postcolonial writers dramatize the contested processes of colonization, resistance and decolonization by which lands and landscapes may be viewed as now sacred, now desacralized, now resacralized. Part II, “Sacred Landscapes and Postcoloniality across International Literatures,” draws upon postcolonial theory to inquire into how contemporary fiction, drama and poetry represent themes of divine dispensation, dispossession and reclamation in regions as diverse as Haiti, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Arctic, and the North American frontier. A critical “Afterword” considers the implications of such multi-disciplinary approaches to postcolonial literatures for present and future research in the field. Maps accompany almost every essay.

November 11th updates

November 11, 2013

See the Latest Additions page for

12 citations from Rita Wilson and Carlotta Van Maltzan’s edited collection (2001) Spaces and Crossings: Essays on Literature and Culture in Africa and Beyond

also, Keighren, I. M. 2013. “Geographies of the Book: Review and Prospect,” just out in Geography Compass.



October 22nd updates

October 22, 2013

26 new citations added since September 26 — including work on fiction and Antarctica and David Coughlan’s 2002 PhD thesis on literary space:

Written somewhere: the social space of text

This thesis is concerned with the space of text, with the composition of that space, its form and substance, and also with the perception and experience of that space. The argument takes in existing theoretical attempts to explain the spatiality of texts, particularly Joseph Frank’s 1945 essay “Spatial Form in Modem Literature,” and tests their ideas against literary texts which, it will be argued, make a vital contribution to our comprehension of textual space. The keys texts studied are John Banville’s Kepler, Paul Auster’s City of Glass, Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled, and the works of Thomas Pynchon.

As an understanding of the space of text develops, the work of Henri Lefebvre, and especially his 1974 text The Production of Space, comes increasingly to the fore. Criticising traditional philosophical concepts of space, which tend to view space in either purely physical or mental terms, Lefebvre’s work enables us to place the discussion on textual space within a wider context. Textual space is seen to emerge as a social space, and thus a social product, capable of being employed in different ways within society, as a representation of space, aligned with mental space, or as a representational space, allied to lived spaces. The final sections of the thesis explore the reader’s experience of this lived textual space, and question the role and place of textual
space in the social realm.

September 26th 2013 update: Poetry & Geography

September 26, 2013

14 new citations added — from Neal Alexander and David Cooper’s Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-war Poetry :


Alexander, N. 2013. “‘Where Lives Converge’: Peter Riley and the Poetics of Place.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 134–147. Liverpool University Press.

Armstrong, C.I. 2013. “City of Change and Challenge: Liverpool in Paul Farley’s Poetry.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 21–32. Liverpool University Press.

Barry, P. 2013. “Mapping the Geographies of Hurt in Barry MacSweeney and S.J. Litherland.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 3–48. Liverpool University Press.

Brewster, S. 2013. “John Burnside: Poetry as the Space of Withdrawal.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 178–189. Liverpool University Press.

Collins, L. 2013. “The Road Divides: Thomas Kinsella’s Urban Poetics.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 91–104. Liverpool University Press.

Cooper, D. 2013. “Envisioning ‘the Cubist Fells’: Ways of Seeing in the Poetry of Norman Nicholson.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 148–160. Liverpool University Press.

Cooper, D., and N. Alexander. 2013. “Introduction: Poetry & Geography.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-war Poetry, 1–18. Liverpool University Press.

Cutler, A. 2013. “‘Whitby Is a Statement’: Littoral Geographies in British Poetry.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 120–133. Liverpool University Press.

Gramich, K. 2013. “‘Still Linked to Those Others’: Landscape and Language in Post-war Welsh Poetry.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 61–74. Liverpool University Press.

Howarth, P. 2013. “‘Water’s Soliloquy’: Soundscap and Environment in Alice Oswald’s Dart.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 190–203. Liverpool University Press.

Jarvis, M. 2013. “Place Under Pressure: Reading John Tripp’s Wales.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 49–60. Liverpool University Press.

Reese-Jones, D. 2013. “‘Wanderer, Incomer, Borderer/liar, Mother of Everything I See’: Jo Shapcott’s Engagement with Landscape, Art and Poetry.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 163–177.

Robinson, P. 2013. “Roy Fisher’s Spatial Prepositions and Other Little Words.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 204–216. Liverpool University Press.

Tate, A. 2013. “Roaring Amen: Charles Causley Speaks of Home.” In Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry, 75–87. Liverpool University Press.


July 1st 2013 updates

June 30, 2013

Sixteen new citations added on July 1st — see the latest additions page for details.

June 15th 2013 updates

June 15, 2013

Two new citations added today:

• Ameel, Lieven. 2013. “Moved by the City : Experiences of Helsinki in Finnish Prose Fiction 1889-1941”. PhD, University of Helsinki.

This study analyses experiences of Helsinki in prose fiction published in Finnish in the period 1889-1941. It examines the relationships that are formed between Helsinki and fictional characters, focusing, especially, on the way in which urban public space is experienced. Particular attention is given to the description of movement through urban space. The primary material consists of more than sixty novels, collections of short stories and individual short stories. Theoretically, this study draws on two sets of frameworks: on the one hand, the expanding field of literary studies of the city, and on the other hand, theoretical concepts provided by humanistic and critical geography, as well as urban studies. Following an introduction, which includes a concise history of Helsinki, a theoretical chapter charts the relevant concepts and theoretical approaches to the city in literature.

• Lombardi, W. 2013. “‘It All Comes Together’ in … Reno?: Confronting the Postwestern Geographic Imaginary in Willy Vlautin’s  The Motel Life.” Western American Literature 48 (1-2): 141–162.

This reading of Willy Vlautin’s The Motel Life (2006) reconsiders local meaning-making and practice in the context of recent postwestern spatial productions that emphasize western space as globally routed and interconnected. Frequently, the postwestern condition is situated as manifold and unsettled in its production, unstable in its condition, and it reflects a mobility extensive with postmodernity at large rather than the expected, formulaic—read pejorative—provincialism of past conceptions. Still, Vlautin’s novel exudes a deliberate, almost claustraphobic sense of the American post-West as a fixed, hermetic locale. This essayclaims that Vlautin’s variation on the production of postwestern space compels us to assess whether we overstate the everyday cultural impact of postnational interdependence on the majority of average westerners.

June 1st 2013 updates

June 1, 2013

Two new citations just added  —

• Clark, L. 2011. “Fictional Geographies: Versions of the Waikato in Juvenile Fiction, 1874-1907.” Journal of New Zealand Literature: JNZL (29): 89–107.

• Woertendyke, G.J. 2013. “Geography, Genre, and Hemispheric Regionalism.” Atlantic Studies 10 (2): 211–227.

Abstract: This essay introduces the concept of hemispheric regionalism as a way of understanding the expansive scales of oceanic and hemispheric perspectives. Drawing on Bruno Latour’s actor-network theory, hemispheric regionalism flattens the map, and makes visible three things: (1) the different coordinates in play; (2) the importance of the sea in these relations; and (3) the vehicles that travel between different geographic regions. Genre is that vehicle; popular romance mediates the distance and differences across the sea between the US and Cuba in the long nineteenth century. In its ability to retain multiple histories on its surface, the popular romances circulating prior to the Civil War, and long before dime novels, worked to entertain and make sense of the future of US–Cuban relations. The 90-mile waterway between the coasts became the most popular site of literary experimentation in news, notices, and periodicals awash with fascination and anxiety about Cuba. Editor, publisher, and writer Maturin Murray Ballou provides unique insight into the intersection of hemispheric regionalism and the work of romance in the period. It is, ultimately, the genre’s capacity to manage multiple points of time along with its broad accessibility that appealed to writers such as Ballou. Through the popular romance, Ballou skillfully negotiated the anachronism of a hemispheric South that included the US and Cuba. Finally, Ballou thrived in a booming literary marketplace making him one of the more successful editors and writers of the antebellum years.

May 23rd 2013 updates

May 23, 2013

Two new citations just added  —

Dhussa, Ramesh. 2008. “Literary and Humanistic Geography in India.” In Explorations In Applied Geography, 71–87.
McCleery, Alison. 2004. “So Many Glasgows: From ‘personality of Place’ to ‘positionality in Space and Time’.” Scottish Geographical Journal 120 (1-2): 3–18.

This paper investigates place and positionality in the regional novel against a background of evolving trends in geographical scholarship of place and placelessness. In re‐examining the representation of Glasgow in the urban regional novel, it proposes that a qualitative difference exists between rural and urban epistemologies which relates to the profoundly temporal essence of ‘cityness’. Aspects of both multi‐dimensionality in urban time‐space and of the city as the locus for working‐class oppression are reviewed in the context of a selection of urban imaginings.

new in litgeog & mapping

May 6, 2013

A new citation in literary geography and mapping — Wilkens, M. 2011. “Geolocation Extraction and Mapping of Nineteenth-Century US Fiction.” Corpus 80 (100): 1–11.

1. Introduction

2. Experimental

3. Results

4. Discussion

5. Conclusions

6. Future Work

7. References


from ‘discussion’: “we observe a wide but shallow focus around the country and the world, coupled with a deep, narrow exploration of a relatively small set of urban areas. Most of these deep explorations are of cities highly populated and long important both in fiction and outside it. Some of them are also major publishing centers, a fact that surely distorts the content of the books they produce. . . ”

from ‘conclusions’: “The results presented here are the first full-scale examination of geographic trends in nineteenth century U.S. fiction and one of the first uses of text mining on a literary corpus too large to read closely. The data provide preliminary support for a link between population and density of literary locations in the United States, with much weaker correlation in Europe and no evidence of correlation in the rest of the world. This fact in turn supports an implied relationship between conventional sites of literary representation, the distribution of literary markets for the texts in question, and the geographic imagination of ongoing literary production.”

May 4th 2013 updates

May 4, 2013

There have been 25 citations added since the last update — see !latest additions! for details.

Also today the home page has been updated with a graphic showing the global distribution of page views since the 2012 launch. There have now been more than 10,000 views, from ISPs located in 85 different countries.