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Literary spaces in the light of the spatial turn


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Brković, Ivana. (2013). Literary spaces in the light of the spatial turn. Umjetnost riječi : časopis za znanost o književnosti, 57(1-2). pp. 115-138. ISSN 0503-1853

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The paper sheds light on the epistemological postulates of the contemporary spatial turn in humanities and social sciences (space as a social and cultural product, presumptions about the totality of time and space, connection of material and mental spaces, relational aspect of space). Based on the presumption that literary spaces contribute to the social production of space, the paper argues that such spaces are conceptualized as representational phenomena pursuant to the contemporary spatial paradigm. The paper also includes a diachronic survey of the main tendencies in the 20th- and 21st-century conceptualizations of literary space. While studies published prior to the spatial turn illustrate, to a certain degree, valuable but mostly isolated attempts at establishing the theory of literary space, with the appearance of new spatial tendencies from the 1990s, space is gradually becoming an unavoidable reference point for various research fields. Accordingly, the paper concludes that literary space is a complex research topic which defies unequivocal definitions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: literary space, space in literature, spatial turn, topographical turn, literary representation of space, Thirdspace (Edward Soja), geocriticism theatre audience, creative process
Subjects: Comparative literature
Departments: Department of Croatian Language and Literature
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 18:20
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2018 18:20

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