Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities

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Introduction:
The Literature
of Place and Region

All things have their place,
Knew we how to place them . . .

— GEORGE HERBERT

"Can you imagine what it would be like if there were no places in the world? None whatsoever! An utter, placeless void!" With a ghastly opening such as this, Edward Casey's Getting Back into Place could be taken here as an exemplary case of a more general, maybe epochal commitment to restore the category of place at the core of intellectual reflection. 1. Place, as its author reminds us, is our ontological origin: " 'life-stories' have a geography too," Edward Soja had already declared in 1989, thus inaugurating a new epoch with his Postmodern Geographies. 2. For Casey, place is the origin of our thought as well: thinking, like being,

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1.
Edward S. Casey, Getting Back into Place: Toward a Renewed Understanding of the Place-World ( Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993), ix.
2.
Edward W. Soja, Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory ( London: Verso, 1989), 14.

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