Expanding worlds: place and collaboration in (and after) the ‘text-as-spatial-event’
Thurgill, J. C. and Lovell, J. 2019. Expanding worlds: place and collaboration in (and after) the ‘text-as-spatial-event’ . Literary Geographies. 5 (1), pp. 16-20.
|Authors||Thurgill, J. C. and Lovell, J.|
This short position paper seeks to explore the collaborative role of place in the unfolding of the ‘text-as-spatial-event’ (Hones 2008) via the expansion of the extra-textual. The work presented here forms part of an ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration initiated by our meeting at the ‘Literary Geographies of Collaboration’ roundtable, held at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in August 2018. While each of us has worked with literary texts in previous analyses of place and performativity within our ‘home’ disciplines, cultural geography (Thurgill 2018) and tourism studies (Lovell and Bull 2017; Lovell 2019), this collaboration has allowed us to reconsider the parameters of influence involved in the reading of literary texts, and moreover, to think about the ways in which the extra-textual might be used to show an expansion or development of reading(s) and of space(s) that continues far beyond the text itself. In what follows, we set out place’s collaborative role in (and after) the ‘text-as-spatial- event’ and outline the conditions for the oscillation of affect at work in the re-imagining of extra-literary environments. This ‘oscillation of affect’ sees the sights, sounds, smells and feel of places that readers experience prior to engaging with literary texts, and which work to inform their understanding of the text’s geography, undergo a transformative process through the ‘text-as-spatial-event’ so that places can come to be seen as displaying the affective properties of the text itself. We suggest that this shifting of affect from shaping literary to actual-world experiences may even prompt some readers to locate extra-literary experiences in actual-world places not associated with the novel but which feel like they share the same affective environment.
|Keywords||Literary tourism; Spatial hinge; Cultural geography; Literary geography; Tourism studies|
|Journal citation||5 (1), pp. 16-20|
|Online||01 Aug 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||23 Jun 2019|
|Deposited||06 Jan 2020|
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