By Robert T. Tally Jr., Christine M. Battista, Saville
Although handled as specified colleges of notion, ecocriticism and geocriticism have either positioned emphasis at the lived atmosphere, even if via social or normal areas. For the 1st time, this interdisciplinary selection of essays addresses the complementary and contested features of those ways to literature, tradition, and society.
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At no time does Westphal consider the role that direct observation and ﬁeldwork might contribute to the geocritical enterprise, even if only as one point of reference among others. To be sure, he does not deny that it might be useful to visit the places studied, or that personal affection for or interest in a place might be the underlying driver of geocritical research—he simply doesn’t address such issues; they don’t even come up. This is understandable to some extent in what is after all a book of literary theory, but given the fact that he insists so strongly on the relationship between texts and their real-world referents, it seems odd that he shows so little concern for going out to make contact with those real-world referents without textual mediation.
4. See Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands: The New Mestiza/La Frontera (San Francisco: Spinsters/Aunt Lute, 1987); Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture (London: Routledge, 1994). 5. For Lefebvre, the “spatial practices” of individuals are in constant interaction with the normative “representations of space” that reﬂect the imperatives of the dominant relations of production. Soja and Harvey, whose work builds in part on Lefebvre’s, also emphasize the ongoing nature of the interactions between social production and symbolic mediation, as does Derek Gregory’s Geographical Imaginations (Oxford: Blackwell, 1994).
What an extraordinary and impulsive idea. 21 This kind of perspectival anxiety—the spontaneous intuition of a decentered awareness of “all-inclusive agency and humility,” followed by a troubled recoil from its destabilizing novelty—recalls Jean-Paul Geocr iticism Meets Ecocr iticism 33 Sartre’s evocations of existential nausea, but transferred to an ecological register that relativizes human agency by explicitly setting it within the context of an “all-inclusive agency” akin to Buell’s notion of the agency of nature22 and Deleuze’s conception of immanence.
Ecocriticism and Geocriticism: Overlapping Territories in Environmental and Spatial Literary Studies by Robert T. Tally Jr., Christine M. Battista, Saville