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new MA thesis citation

February 15, 2014
Jenness, Roger. 2013. “Landscape and the Geographical Imagination of J.B. Priestley: 1913-1930”. MA, University of Sussex.
There are a number of studies on J.B. Priestley’s life and work including assessments of his novels, social and political writings and contribution to English culture. Some of these studies have commented on Priestley and landscape, especially his attachment to Bradford and rural Yorkshire. There are no detailed studies, however, relating to his geographical imagination. The purpose of this research is a survey and interpretation of Priestley’s work to form a source of information and ideas relating to landscape, dwelling and topophilia as the basis of his geographical imagination. The thesis will consider, firstly, what he wrote relating to the origin and form of his attachment to Bradford and rural Yorkshire as indicated by his articles in the Bradford Pioneer in 1913, a Labour newspaper published in Bradford. The thesis explains the extent to which he continued this attachment in his later work after the First World War before writing about London. In the next stage I approach the novel Angel Pavement in terms of his responses to London in relation to the provinces. Finally, the research is concerned with how Angel Pavement represented the landscape and identity of London in about 1930. The main contribution of the research is its detailed response to Priestley’s thoughts on urban and rural landscapes in his early journalism and popular fiction. The research is organized around two main themes. The first of these is concerned with the origin of Priestley’s attachment to Bradford and rural Yorkshire. The second considers how this attachment has influenced later work, in particular how he approached writing about London.

updated crime fiction list

February 15, 2014

Beasley, C. 2011. “From Hansom Cabs to Harbour Raves: a History of the City in Australian Crime Fiction.” Interdisciplinary Themes Journal 3 (1) (November 21).

Birkle, C. 2003. “Investigating Newark, New Jersey: Empowering Spaces in Valerie Wilson Wesley’s Detective Fiction.” Sleuthing Ethnicity: The Detective in Multiethnic Crime Fiction: 133.

Chu, M. 2000. “Someone Else’s Southerner: Opposed Essences in the Italian Novels of Michael Dibdin, Magdalen Nabb and Tim Parks’.” In Crime Scenes: Detective Narratives in European Culture Since 1945, 73–85. Rodopi.

Chu, M. 2011. “Crime and the South.” In Italian Crime Fiction, 89–114. University of Wales Press.

Farish, M. 2005. “Cities in Shade: Urban Geography and the Uses of Noir.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 23 (1): 95 – 118.

Goulet, A. 2007. “Legacies of the Rue Morgue: Street Names and Private-Public Violence in Modern French Crime Fiction.” Modern Language Quarterly 68 (1): 87–110.

Goulet, A. 2008. “Malet’s Maps and Butor’s Bleston: City-Space and Formal Play in the Roman Policier.” L’Esprit Créateur 48 (2): 46–59.

Hausladen, G. 1995. “Murder in Moscow.” Geographical Review: 63–78.

Hausladen, G. 1996. “Where the Bodies Lie: Sense of Place and Police Procedurals.” Journal of Cultural Geography 16 (1): 45–63.

Howell, P. 1998. “Crime and the City Solution: Crime Fiction, Urban Knowledge, and Radical Geography.” Antipode 30 (4) (October 1): 357–378.

Jenkins, J. 2011. “Out of Place: Geographical Fiction(s) in Håkan Nesser’s Inspector Van Veeteren Series.” Cartographic Journal, The 48 (4): 285–292.

Kadonaga, L. 1998. “Strange Countries and Secret Worlds in Ruth Rendell’s Crime Novels.” Geographical Review 88 (3): 413–428.

Kinsman, M. 1995. “A Question of Visibility: Paretsky and Chicago.” Women Times Three: Writers, Detectives, Readers: 15–28.

McManis, D. R. 1978. “Places for Mysteries.” Geographical Review: 319–334.

Miskimmin, E. 2013. “‘Crossing the “Shadow Frontier”’: The Criminal Underworld in Detective Fiction from the Victorians to the Golden Age.” Online.

Ng, K. G-Y. 2002. “Policing Cultural Traffic: Charlie Chan and Hawai’i Detective Fiction.” Cultural Values 6 (3): 309–316.

Pezzotti, B. 2012. The Importance of Place in Contemporary Italian Crime Fiction: A Bloody Journey. Fairleigh Dickinson.

Pieri, G. 2007. “Milano Nera: Representing and Imagining Milan in Italian Noir and Crime Fiction.” Romance Studies 25 (2): 123–135.

Rinaldi, L. 2009. “Bologna’s Noir Identity: Narrating the City in Carlo Lucarelli’s Crime Fiction.” Italian Studies 64 (1): 120–133.

Schmid, D. 2012. “From the Locked Room to the Globe: Space in Crime Fiction.” In Cross-Cultural Connections in Crime Fictions, 7–23.

Wells, C. 2004. “Urban Dialectics in the Detective Fiction of Manuel Vázquez Montalbán.” Forum for Modern Language Studies 40 (1) (January 1): 83–95. doi:10.1093/fmls/40.1.83.

Wells, C. 2007. “The Case of Barcelona in Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s Detective Fiction.” Romance Studies 25 (4): 279–288.

new PhD citation — “textual mapping”

February 10, 2014
Mastro, Julia Elizabeth Ramaley. 2008. “Jules Verne’s Textual Mapping: Plotting Geography”. PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jules Verne designed his series of Voyages extraordinaires around the premise of painting or depicting the earth. It is with this in mind that I explore the idea that Verne is a geographical writer whose style reproduces a voyage, or an itinerary, that creates overlap, or a space of communication, between the ordinary and the fictional worlds. The product of this overlap, or this style, is what I term the textual map, which is a metaphor for the reading experience as a compilation of movements through a geographical location described textually. The textual map differs from the literary map, therefore, because rather than linking to or identifying a location in order to assign it a relative place, it assumes a perspective that is at the ground level so as to describe movement through instead of over a geographical location. The textual map and the associated literary and geographical terminology express Verne’s style that is nonlinear, an amalgam of his own research, and the impressionistic manner by which he combines descriptive geographical visions to convey a space rather than a place, as expressed by de Certeau.
Specifically, I concentrate on Deux Ans de vacances, Le Phare du bout du monde and En Magellanie, three of the Voyages extraordinaires and in which Verne visits the most southern area of South America. With each of these textual maps, Verne employs a textual legend, or a key to reading the geographical novel, and a way for the author to write a perspective that is part of the geography rather than a view of it from a distance. I classify three categories of the legend: the identification of the island location, the movements of the characters who inhabit the island and the author’s own narrative voice. Studying these aspects of Verne’s writing and the textual map, or studying Verne as a geographical author, allows for an interdisciplinary approach to reading an author who was himself interdisciplinary in the sense that he crossed traditional lines of discourse and applied his research in a product-oriented manner.

2 new PhD theses

February 9, 2014

Crowley, Dustin. 2013. “The Geography of Narrative: Representations of Place in African Literature”. PhD, University of Kansas.

Questions of geography have been prominent in the criticism of both African literature in
particular and postcolonialism in general, including, for instance, issues regarding the nation,
globalization, and the urban. Yet most discussions regarding these geographic concerns have
remained dichotomous, resulting in criticism that fails to attend to the complexity with which
African authors tend to represent the places of their writing. By engaging with a wide range of
work in cultural geography, this dissertation develops what might be termed geocriticism, a
model for understanding such geographic issues through the relations of space, place, and scale.
With this model, the dissertation argues for ways to understand concepts like the nation or the
local/global not as essential categories with set characteristics, but as relationally and historically
particular constructs. By doing so, we can attend with more nuance to the ways African authors
represent the conditions and relations of place in their narratives. The model of geocriticism
developed in this dissertation elucidates the ways each of the authors discussed in some way
understands the particular conditions and locations they write about as being influenced by largescale
entanglements with the continent and the world. Despite their geographic and historical
breadth and varied representational strategies, they all in some sense engage with questions about
“Africa” and it’s place-in-the-world, providing both multiform ways to understand the
consequences of Africa’s position and various alternative visions for the continent and its
constituent places.

O’Hogan, Cillian Conor. 2013. “Geography and Space in the Poetry of Prudentius”. PhD thesis. University of Toronto.

This dissertation examines the themes of geography and space in the poetry of the late antique Latin poet Prudentius (348-c.405 CE). The first chapter discusses the geography of reading, and suggests that Prudentius’ Peristephanon provides a means for the reader to experience the sites of the cults of the martyrs by reading about them rather than by having to travel to see them. It is also argued that the varying orders of the poems of the Peristephanon in the manuscript tradition can be explained by the differing interests of early readers, and that the arrangement extant in one group of manuscripts can be seen to be the result of organising the poems to fit a geographical itinerary. The second chapter investigates the intertextual aspect of literary journeys, and argues that late antique descriptions of journeys are as much indebted to the literary tradition as they are to “lived” experience on the part of the narrator. This chapter focuses in particular on Ausonius’ Mosella, and the third, ninth, and eleventh hymns of Prudentius’ Peristephanon. The third chapter discusses the representation of the city in the works of Prudentius, and shows how Prudentius’ approach to the civic nature of martyrdom in the Peristephanon must be related to the contemporary Christian perception that earthly civic obligations are not fundamentally incompatible with participation in the heavenly city of the afterlife. The fourth chapter examines the representation of pastoral spaces in the Liber Cathemerinon and the discussion of farming and religion in the Contra Orationem Symmachi. The final chapter addresses Prudentius’ descriptions of works of art and architecture, particularly churches, and argues that Prudentius exhibits a marked preference for the word over the image as a means of conveying knowledge. A brief conclusion suggests that Prudentius’ representation of physical and imaginary spaces is always governed by a belief in the primacy of the written word, and by a fundamentally bookish approach to the world.

new in theses & dissertations

November 21, 2013

Donaldson, Christopher. 2012. “The Local Poet in the Romantic Tradition”. PhD, Stanford University.

Many poems evoke a sense of place; few poems, however, forge a lasting connection between a poet and a particular locale. In The Local Poet in the Romantic Tradition, I chart the evolution of this latter type of poetry and document its influence on readerly tastes in Britain over the last two hundred and fifty years. Parting ways with previous studies, I take the view that local poetry is defined less by its invocation of specifically named locations, or even by a proclivity for amassing topographical detail, than by the cultivation of a special kind of poetic ethos. Drawing on the works of William Wordsworth as well as a range of pre- and post-Romantic poets, I examine different instantiations of this ethos and outline the contours of the tradition of local poetry in Britain from its origins in the eighteenth century to its rise to prominence in the Victorian era.

new OUP book series — early modern literary geographies

November 13, 2013

Early Modern Literary Geographies is a new book series with Oxford University Press, under the editorship of Julie Sanders and Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr:

Influenced by the work of cultural and human geographers, literary scholars have started to attend to the ways in which early modern people constructed their senses of the world out of interactions among places, spaces, and embodied practices.  Early Modern Literary Geographies will feature innovative research monographs and agenda-setting essay collections that partake of this “spatial turn.”  The term “literary geographies” is to be understood capaciously: we invite submissions on any form of early modern writing that engages with the topics of space, place, landscape and environment.  Although English literature is at its center, Early Modern Literary Geographies will feature scholarship that abuts a range of disciplines, including geography, history, performance studies, art history, musicology, archaeology and cognitive science.  Subjects of inquiry might include cartography or chorography; historical phenomenology and sensory geographies; body and environment; mobility studies; histories of travel or perambulation; regional and provincial literatures; urban studies; performance environments; sites of memory and cognition; ecocriticism; and oceanic or new blue studies.

Literary Geographies e-journal

November 13, 2013

Literary Geographies

the new open-access refereed e-journal

is now accepting online submissions for volume 1 (2014)

new e-journal: Literary Geographies

June 17, 2013

A new open-access e-journal Literary Geographies is under construction:

Literary Geographies is an interdisciplinary open-access e-journal designed to support and encourage collaboration in the area of literary/geographical studies. Set up in response to the rapid expansion of work in literary geography in recent years, Literary Geographies is a refereed journal designed to provide a platform for work that combines themes and methods from literary studies, cultural geography, cartography and spatial theory. Recognising that the term ‘literary geography’ itself (along with its variants in other languages) has multiple meanings and is practised in a variety of ways within different academic traditions, the journal takes a broad view of its subject matter. The journal was founded and is currently managed by an editorial collective whose members have primary affiliations in literary studies, geography, and area studies and are variously based in the UK, Finland, and Japan. It welcomes submissions from scholars at all career stages and from all parts of the world; it also actively encourages the submission of English-language versions of work previously available only in other languages.

Editorial Collective:

Neal Alexander (The University of Nottingham, UK), David Cooper (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), Sheila Hones (The University of Tokyo, Japan), James Kneale (University College London, UK), Juha Ridanpää (University of Oulu, Finland)

new in literary geography and poetry

June 15, 2013
Alexander, N, and D. Cooper, ed. 2013. Poetry and Geography: Space and Place in Postwar Poetry. Liverpool University Press.

Abstract: Poetry & Geography examines the rich diversity of geographical imaginations informing post-war and contemporary poetry in Britain and Ireland. Drawing impetus from the spatial turn in the humanities and social sciences, the fourteen essays collected here appraise the significance of ideas of space, place, and landscape for ‘mainstream’ and ‘experimental’ poets, post-romantics and neo-modernists alike. Cumulatively, the book’s varied articulations of poetry and geography sketch out a series of intersections between language and location, form and environment, sound and space. Poetry’s unique capacity to invigorate and expand our vocabularies of site and situation, of our manifold relations with the world outside us, is described and explored. Bringing together fresh, interdisciplinary readings of poets as diverse as Roy Fisher and R.S. Thomas, John Burnside and Thomas Kinsella, Jo Shapcott and Peter Riley, Alice Oswald and Ciaran Carson, Poetry & Geography sketches a topographical map of shared poetic terrains. It contributes to a fertile set of dialogues between literary studies and cultural geography in which the valences of space and place are open to processes of contestation and reimagining. This new collection of critical essays provides readers with a vital set of coordinates in a complex and evolving field. Key themes include: place and identity; literary cartographies; walking as trope and spatial practice; the poetics of edges, margins, and peripheries; landscape, language, and form.

new citation: Literature, Geography, and the Postmodern Poetics of Place

June 3, 2013

Prieto, E. 2012. Literature, Geography, and the Postmodern Poetics of Place. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Abstract: This book opens up an understudied area within the field of literary spatiality: the question of geographical emergence. A study of contemporary literary representations of place, it draws on phenomenological, poststructural, and postcolonial theories of space and place to show how literature contributes to the formation of new geographical identities. With chapters devoted to the in-between spaces of Samuel Beckett, France’s suburban ghettoes, and the postcolonial proto-nations of France’s Caribbean territories, this study emphasizes literature’s ability to subtly but decisively shape readers’ attitudes toward the world around them, making it possible to see such places not as defective or derivative versions of established modes of dwelling but as laboratories for the ways of life of tomorrow.

Phenomenological Place
Place, Subjectivity, and the Humanist Tradition
Samuel Beckett and the Postmodern Loss of Place
The Social Production of Place
Poststructuralism and the Resistance to Place
Beur Fiction and the Banlieue Crisis
Postcolonial Place
Place After Postcolonial Studies
Evolution in/of the Caribbean Landscape Narrative
Landscape, Map, and Vertical Integration