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(cfp) Geography and Literature Setembro 28, 2015

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Geography and Literature

AAG Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 29 – April 2, 2016

Organizer: Abdul Aijaz, Indiana University

The fields of literary studies and geography have quite frequently crossed borders. While literary critics have emphasized the need to understand the ‘geographical articulations of the text’, geographers have used literary texts to make sense of space, place, and regions. Postcolonial geographers have made use of literary texts and devices to understand the social and spatial configurations of power and subjectivities. However, literary geography has remained, for the most part, the road ‘less traveled by’ by critical geographers. Indeed, the recent appearance of “Literary Geographies” – the first ever journal of literary geography – suggests that there are many unrealized possibilities to be realized by the disciplinary encounter between literary studies and geography.

This session invites research at the intersection of literature and political ecology/development geography in order to understand how literary sources and critical methods of reading and destabilizing texts can lead to the development and refinement of geographic categories of thought such as place, space, nature, and territory. Especially welcome are papers that engage critical theoretical frameworks, including but not limited to: political ecology, critical development studies, post-humanist theory, postcolonial studies, subaltern studies, deconstruction, feminist theory, and political economy.

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Abdul Aijaz
Indiana University
aaijaz@indiana.edu
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