Spatial Practices

Articles from No. 17, 2013

Acknowledgements
This volume of essays has long been in the making. It combines contributions from two conferences which focused on different aspects of the cultural phenomena of movement and mobility. The editors are therefore particularly grateful to the contributors...
Automobility in Poetry: A Conceptual Metaphor Approach
1. IntroductionMobility technologies provided new facilities for conveying people from place to place and thus exerted an enormous impact on Western culture. After the locomotive revolution in the nineteenth century, the automobile enabled an individualisation...
Mapping Movement: Reimagining Cartography in the Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
1. IntroductionNew explanatory paradigms change our perspective on things and open possibilities for analysis and assessment. After a while, however, there is the danger that a familiar rhetoric may become ossified, and cultural criticism predictable...
Mobility, Movement, Method and Life in G.H. Lewes
In Lord Byron's rambling epic Don Juan (1819-1824) mobility is defined as a kind of "vivacious versatility," characteristically disposing those who are "sincerest" to be, as a famous stanza in the latter parts of the work has it, "strongly acted on by...
Movement and Mobility: An Introduction
1. Literature, Culture, and MobilityLiterature as cultural discourse has courted mobility. From Homer's and Virgil's depictions of their heroes' nomadic wanderings after the Trojan wars through the adventures of the medieval knight-errants to the travellers...
On the Move: Discursive Integration of New Mobility Technologies through Poetry
1. IntroductionMobility technologies have exerted an enormous impact not only on the economic and social developments of the modem age, but also on its cultural consciousness, discourses, and politico-social debates. As milestones in the history of technology...
Patterns of Global Mobility in Early Modern English Literature: Fictions of the Sea
1. Introduction: "The Services of the Sea Are Innumerable"In 1494, just one year after Columbus's return to Europe, Sebastian Brant's Narrenschiff, the stultifera navis or Ship of Fools, was published. The design of the book was to identify all manifestations...
Places of Beginning: Topography and Renewal in Thoreau's Walden and Douglass's Narrative
I was born into the most estimable place in all the world, and in the very nick of time, too.Thoreau (1906)How I escaped death, I do not know. There I was, entirely alone, in a thick wood, in a place new to me.Douglass (1845)Owing to the distinctness...
Reality Mining and Meaningful Motion Patterns: A Critical GIS for Literary Studies
You 're a product of your geography.DeLillo (1998)A writer 's country is a territory within his own brain; and we run the risk of disillusionment if we try to turn such phantom cities into tangible brick and mortar [...] to insist that [a writer's city]...
Subjective Spaces - Spatial Subjectivities: Movement and Mobility in Monica Ali's Brick Lane and Ian McEwan's Saturday
1. IntroductionIn the course of the spatial turn, cultural theory has begun to conceptualise space as the result of processes of cultural production and social appropriation (cf., e.g., Bachmann-Medick 2006; Döring and Thielmann 2008). This new understanding...
The Total Mobility of the Dime Novel Detective
1. Britain and the NovelAfter travelling through Britain in the 1770s, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg thought he had found the reason why England had given birth to the new literary genre of the novel - and why Germany failed in producing anything alike:Unsere...
Unpicking Time-Space: Towards New Apprehensions of Movement-Space
1. Introduction[I]t is neither space nor time that is central to the study of human interactional orders, but time-space. (Thrift 1996: 1)If there is a general proposition on which many contemporary geographers appear to agree, it is that we should study...
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