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dc.contributor.authorTally, Robert T., Jr. ( Orcid Icon 0000-0001-7089-7739 )en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-11-28T10:19:21Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:19:21Z
dc.date.issued2008-11-08en_US
dc.identifier.citationTally, R. T. (2008). Geocriticism and classic American literature. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the South Central Modern Language Association, San Antonio, TX.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3923
dc.description.abstract“I take SPACE to be the central fact to man in America.” At the beginning of Call me Ishmael, Charles Olson categorically established space as a key concept for American Studies. Yet, for the most part, this concept has not been central to studies of nineteenth-century American literature. Space has made a timely reemergence in literary and cultural studies in recent years, as the discourse of postmodernism has especially emphasized its importance, and excellent work on cartography and literature is being done in early modern studies, especially in the history of colonization and conquest of the Americas. Right in the center of these two moments of modernity, the early and the post, the mid-nineteenth-century United States faced critical changes to its imaginary and real social spaces, typified by industrialization and urbanization, the emergence of a world market, the breakdown of traditional communities, westward expansion, and a looming national catastrophe. As in the baroque and postmodern eras, these crises called for new ways of seeing the world and of representing oneself in it: new narratives, new maps. The texts of so-called “classic” American literature are such literary maps. I argue that geocriticism – a critical framework that focuses on the spatial representations within the texts, specifically looking at the overlapping territories of actual, physical geography and an author’s or character’s mental mapping in the literary text – makes possible a productive reading of classic American literature in light of the spatial peculiarities of the age.en_US
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dc.format.extent11 pages
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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherModern Language Association
dc.sourceAnnual Meeting of the South Central Modern Language Association, 2008, San Antonio, Texas, United States
dc.subjectGeocriticismen_US
dc.subjectSpaceen_US
dc.subjectNarrativeen_US
dc.subjectAmerican literatureen_US
dc.subjectPostmodernen_US
dc.subjectGlobalizationen_US
dc.subjectNovelen_US
dc.subjectTheory of the novelen_US
dc.subjectLiterary criticismen_US
dc.subjectLiterary theoryen_US
dc.subject.classificationAmerican Literatureen_US
dc.subject.classificationComparative Literatureen_US
dc.subject.classificationLiterature in English, North Americaen_US
dc.subject.classificationTheory and Criticismen_US
dc.subject.classificationUnited Statesen_US
dc.titleGeocriticism and Classic American Literatureen_US
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txstate.departmentEnglish


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