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Key Concepts and the Thriller: Space, Place, and Mapping

Crane, RJ ORCID: 0000-0001-5699-3513, Fletcher, LM ORCID: 0000-0002-8348-472X and Leane, E ORCID: 0000-0002-7954-6529 2018 , 'Key Concepts and the Thriller: Space, Place, and Mapping', in Tally Jr and R. (eds.), Teaching Space, Place and Literature , Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 219-226.

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Abstract

Phil Hubbard begins his entry "Space/Place" in Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionaryof Key Ideas with an important disclaimer: individually and as a pair, theseterms present a seemingly intractable problem for anyone who seeks to define them."Though the concepts of space and place may appear self-explanatory," he states,"they have been (and remain) two of the most diffuse, ill-defined and inchoateconcepts in the social sciences and humanities" (41). The fuzziness of these geocriticalwatchwords comes, as Tim Cresswell explains, from the pairing of place,"a word wrapped in common sense," with the "more abstract concept" of space(8, 1). From the perspective of learning and teaching in spatial literary studies, thisconceptual imprecision need not make space/place into a "loose, baggy monster"in the classroom. Rather, it provides the opportunity to introduce students to therough-and-tumble (and the fun) of tackling the conceptual difficulties at the heartof the so-called "spatial turn" in contemporary literary studies. This chapter drawson current research, as well as our teaching experience at the University of Tasmaniato suggest one approach to sparking independent critical thinking about spaceand place in literary studies. In broad terms, it argues that the best way to providestudents with a strong theoretical framework, and an associated critical lexicon, isnot simply to gift them a glossary prepared in advance, but to invite them to test thevalue and relevance of selected terms through applied learning tasks.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Crane, RJ and Fletcher, LM and Leane, E
Keywords: space, place, mapping, popular genre fiction, spatiality
Publisher: Routledge
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Copyright 2018 selection and editorial matter, Robert T. Tally Jr.; individual chapters, the contributors

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