Textual and real-life spaces: expanding theoretical frameworks

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Although spatial issues are remain hotly contested, text-based humanities lack robust frameworks to connect spatiality in texts with real-life spaces.  This issue’s essays help to remedy this situation by providing frameworks, exemplars and models for making these connections.  Don Mitchell’s discussion of the evolution of spatiality in cultural geography traces its transformations from absolute to relative to relational concepts of space.  Other essays expand the analysis to include responsive and recursive spatial practices, including Michael Boyden on health tourism, Ewan Jones on computational emotions, Melissa Littlefiled on EEG wearables, and Sofia Ahlberg on anti-landscapes and toxicity in Tom Wolfe’s and J. G Ballard’s novels.  Anna Greenspan illustrates responsive spaces with QR codes in Shanghai.  Sue Ericson, Jesper Olsson, and Ashlee Bird discuss the political implications of spatial representations in contemporary poetry and video games, emphasizing the emergence of recursive spaces. .

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hayles, NK

Published Date

  • January 1, 2021

Published In

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1651-2308

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0039-3274

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/00393274.2021.1916989

Citation Source

  • Scopus