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[Commlist] New book: Narratives of Place in Literature and Film

Fri Jan 25 22:26:28 GMT 2019


Edited by: Steven Allen and Kirsten Møllegaard

Published: Routledge, 2019

ISBN-Hardback: 9781138499928

ISBN-eBook: 9781351013833


Narratives of place link people and geographic location with a cultural imaginary through literature and visual narration. Contemporary literature and film often frame narratives with specific geographic locations, which saturate the narrative with cultural meanings in relation to natural and man-made landscapes. This interdisciplinary collection seeks to interrogate such connections to probe how place is narrativized in literature and film. Utilizing close readings of specific filmic and literary texts, all chapters serve to tease out cultural and historical meanings in respect of human engagement with landscapes. Always mindful of national, cultural and topographical specificity, the book is structured around five core themes: Contested Histories of Place; Environmental Landscapes; Cityscapes; The Social Construction of Place; and Landscapes of Belonging.

The bookbrings together considerations of place in respect of Africa, Asia, Australasia, mainland and offshore Europe, and North America to offer an important international perspective. Topics covered include, amongst others, Annie Proulx's Wyoming Stories, the writings of Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie, and narratives of water in Swedish literature, as well as the depiction of landscapes of loss in Tasmanian films, the functioning of songs from Telugu cinema, and the construction of place and non-place in/Ida/ (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2012).


For further details on this publication, and a full list of the chapters, please see

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