Ten original essays examine the transactions between real places and the literary imagination, including the reinvention of real places in literary form, from 1800 to the present day. They deal with different kinds of locations (islands, countries, cities), the topoi writers use to articulate a sense of place (maps, ruins, landscape, history), their generic manifestations in fiction, travel writing, topography, (auto)biography and poetry, and the theoretical and methodological issues which arise. The focus moves outwards from local to regional and national issues, covering questions of cultural identity, space, representation, historicity, and modernity in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, the United States, and the South Pacific. The contributors are drawn from both sides of the Atlantic, and include established scholars as well as newer voices.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2006, 2008. 235 pp., 10 ill.
Contents: Peter Brown: Introduction – Michael Irwin: Maps of Fictional Space – Malcolm Andrews: The English Cottage as Cultural
Critique and Associationist Paradigm – Murray Baumgarten: Urban Labyrinths: Dickens and the Pleasures of Place – David Blair:
Scott, Cartography, and the Appropriation of Scottish Place – Sarah Fulford: Between Past and Future: The Place of Seamus
Heaney – Stephen Bann: Proust, Ruskin, Stokes, and the Topographical Project – Martin Kane: A Fictional Place: Constructions
and Reconstitutions of the GDR before and after German Unification – Stuart Hutchinson: ‘Past the School Book Depository,
through Dealey Plaza and beneath the Triple Underpass’: Place in Don DeLillo’s Fiction – Robert L. Dorman: From the Middle
of Nowhere to the Heartland: The Great Plains and American Regionalism – Rod Edmond: Writing Islands.