Literary Geography and The Spatial Hinge

James Thurgill


As the interdiscipline of literary geography continues to develop, it has become clear that scholars working in the area require a shared vocabulary with which they can clearly articulate their evolving theory and practice. A collective language and terminology is now being created to enable discussion of the geographies which are internal, interconnected, and exterior to literary texts, as well of the geographies of the multitude of agents involved in textual production and reading.  This ‘Thinking Space’ piece addresses the emerging use of the concept of the ‘spatial hinge,’ an idea/term developed to facilitate consideration of the gap/link between the intra- and extra-textual during and after the reading process.


affect; literary space; relational literary geography; space; text-as-event

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