Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature

Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature

Arising from the philosophical conviction that our sense of space plays a direct role in our apprehension and construction of reality (both factual and fictional), this book investigates how conceptions of postmodern space have transformed ...

Author: Patricia Garcia

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317581338

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 188

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Arising from the philosophical conviction that our sense of space plays a direct role in our apprehension and construction of reality (both factual and fictional), this book investigates how conceptions of postmodern space have transformed the history of the impossible in literature. Deeply influenced by the work of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar, there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of fantastic texts in which the impossible is bound to space — space not as scene of action but as impossible element performing a fantastic transgression within the storyworld. This book conceptualizes and contextualizes this postmodern, fantastic use of space that disrupts the reader’s comfortable notion of space as objective reality in favor of the concept of space as socially mediated, constructed, and conventional. In an illustration of the transnational nature of this phenomenon, García analyzes a varied corpus of the Fantastic in the past four decades from different cultures and languages, merging literary analysis with classical questions of space related to the fields of philosophy, urban studies, and anthropology. Texts include authors such as Julio Cortázar (Argentina), John Barth (USA), J.G. Ballard (UK), Jacques Sternberg (Belgium), Fernando Iwasaki (Perú), Juan José Millás (Spain,) and Éric Faye (France). This book contributes to Literary Theory and Comparative Literature in the areas of the Fantastic, narratology, and Geocriticism and informs the continuing interdisciplinary debate on how human beings make sense of space.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Space s of the Fantastic

Space s  of the Fantastic

Lucie Armitt is Professor of Contemporary English Literature at the University of Lincoln, UK. ... include the monograph Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature: the Architectural Void (Routledge, 2015).

Author: David Punter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000299724

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 166

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This book provides a series of new addresses to the enduring problem of how to categorize the Fantastic. The approach taken is through the lens of spatiality; the Fantastic gives us new worlds, although of course these are refractions of worlds already in being. In place of ‘real’ spaces (whatever they might be), the Fantastic gives us imaginary spaces, although within those spaces historical and cultural conflicts are played out, albeit in forms that stretch our understanding of everyday location, and our usual interpretations of cause and effect. Many authors are addressed here, from a variety of different geographical and national traditions, thus demonstrating how the Fantastic - as a mode, a genre, a way of thinking, imagining and writing - continually traverses borders and boundaries. We hope to move the ongoing debate about the Fantastic forward in a scholarly as well as an engaging way.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Contemporary Literature Music Relationship

The Contemporary Literature Music Relationship

Literature. For a full list of titles in this series, please visit www.routledge.com. ... Science Fiction Reflections on Fantastic Identities Jason Haslam Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature The Architectural ...

Author: Hazel Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317529033

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

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This book explores the relationship between words and music in contemporary texts, examining, in particular, the way that new technologies are changing the literature-music relationship. It brings an eclectic and novel range of interdisciplinary theories to the area of musico-literary studies, drawing from the fields of semiotics, disability studies, musicology, psychoanalysis, music psychology, emotion and affect theory, new media, cosmopolitanism, globalization, ethnicity and biraciality. Chapters range from critical analyses of the representation of music and the musical profession in contemporary novels to examination of the forms and cultural meanings of contemporary intermedia and multimedia works. The book argues that conjunctions between words and music create emergent structures and meanings that can facilitate culturally transgressive and boundary- interrogating effects. In particular, it conceptualises ways in which word-music relationships can facilitate cross-cultural exchange as musico-literary miscegenation, using interracial sexual relationships as a metaphor. Smith also inspects the dynamics of improvisation and composition, and the different ways they intersect with performance. Furthermore, the book explores the huge changes that computer-based real-time algorithmic text and music generation are making to the literature-music nexus. This volume provides fascinating insight into the relationship between literature and music, and will be of interest to those fields as well as New Media and Performance Studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Feminist Literary and Cultural Criticism

Feminist Literary and Cultural Criticism

The differential experience of space is a corollary to the various interpretations of social relations by those holding ... 24 Patricia Garcia, Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature (London: Routledge, 2015), 33.

Author: Java Singh

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811914263

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 283

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Feminist Literary and Cultural Criticism explores inter-disciplinary connections across Cultural Anthropology, Geography, Psychology, and feminist literary criticism to develop a theoretical framework for spatial criticism. Using the spatial gynocritics framework developed in the book, it analyzes selected texts from five different genres–short-story, novel, film, cartoons, and OTT series, created by women. The creators discussed in the book constitute a transnational collectivity of women that shares common concerns about gender, environment, technology, and social hierarchies. They comprise a geographically and linguistically diverse group from India, Uruguay, Spain, Argentina, and the USA. The book offers immense potential for a comparative study on numerous aspects, among which the present work concentrates on the treatment of Space, demonstrating that spatial logic and grammar are essential elements of the feminist praxis. The book reveals the unexamined potential in the women creators’ praxis of destabilizing, decentring, and destroying the ascribed centres around which social arrangements are structured. Moreover, the book offers valuable analytic tools that add to scholarship in literary theory, comparative cultural studies, comparative literature, gender studies, feminist criticism, and interdisciplinary humanities. It is an indispensable aid to students and faculty in these areas of study, enabling them to critique texts from a fresh perspective.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Urban Fantastic in Nineteenth Century European Literature

The Urban Fantastic in Nineteenth Century European Literature

Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature: the Architectural Void. New york/oxon: Routledge. ———. 2019. The Fantastic: Towards a Feminist Perspective. in Fantastic Short Stories by Women Authors from Spain and Latin ...

Author: Patricia García

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030837761

Category: Architecture

Page: 246

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The Urban Fantastic in Nineteenth-Century European Literature explores transnational perspectives of modern city life in Europe by engaging with the fantastic tropes and metaphors used by writers of short fiction. Focusing on the literary city and literary representations of urban experience throughout the nineteenth century, the works discussed incorporate supernatural occurrences in a European city and the supernatural of these stories stems from and belongs to the city. The argument is structured around three primary themes. "Architectures," "Encounters" and "Rhythms" make reference to three axes of city life: material space, human encounters, and movement. This thematic approach highlights cultural continuities and thus supports the use of the label of "urban fantastic" within and across the European traditions studied here. Patricia Garcia is Ramon y Cajal Researcher at the Universidad de Alcala, Spain. Her research focuses on narrative spaces and their intersection with urban studies, feminisms and with representations of the supernatural. She coordinates the network Fringe Urban Narratives: Peripheries, Identities, Intersections, has directed the project Gender and the Hispanic Fantastic (funded by the British Academy) and has been a fellow of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2018-2019) with a EURIAS fellowship. She is a member of Executive Committee of the European Society of Comparative Literature, of the Spanish Research Group on the Fantastic (Grupo de Estudios de lo Fantastico) and of the editorial board of BRUMAL: Research Journal on the Fantastic. Her most notable publications include the monograph Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature: the Architectural Void (2015). .
Categories: Architecture

Spaces of Longing and Belonging

Spaces of Longing and Belonging

Territoriality, Ideology and Creative Identity in Literature and Film. García, Patricia (2015). Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature: The Architectural Void. New York and London: Routledge.

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004402935

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 301

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Spaces of Longing and Belonging contains theoretical and interpretative studies of spatiality centered on a variety of literary and cultural contexts. The essays provide a collection of innovative scholarship on central questions relating to literary spatiality in a context of increased global awareness.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Beasts of the Forest

Beasts of the Forest

The explanation stems partly from the condition of the Vorrh as Fantastic of Space. That is a Garcían term, ... Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature The Architectural Void. New York: Routledge.

Author: Jon Hackett

Publisher: John Libbey Publishing

ISBN: 9780861969593

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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Beasts of the Forest: Denizens of the Dark Woods offers its readers an in-depth and interdisciplinary engagement with the forest and its monstrous inhabitants; through critical readings of folklore, fiction, film, music video and animation. Within the text there are a multitude of convergent critical perspectives used to engage and explore fictional and real monsters of the forest in media and folklore. The collection features chapters from a variety of academic perspectives: film and media studies, cultural studies, queer theory, Tolkien studies, mythology and popular music are featured. Under examination are a wide range of narratives and media forms that represent, reimagine and create the werewolves, witches and weird apparitions that inhabit the forest, along with the forest as a monstrous entity in itself. Whether they be our shelter and safe-haven or the domain of malevolent spirits and sprites, forests have the capacity to horrify and threaten those that venture into them without permission. Human interference has continually threatened forests across the world, yet this threat is reversed in myth, folklore and more recent cultural forms. This collection ranges widely to analyse how forests figure in contemporary culture, as well as the wider contexts in which such representations are inserted.
Categories: Performing Arts

Literary Urban Studies and How to Practice It

Literary Urban Studies and How to Practice It

Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature: The Architectural Void. Routledge. Groes, S. 2011. The Making of London: London in Contemporary Literature. Palgrave Macmillan. Gurr, J. M. 2021. Charting Literary Urban ...

Author: Jason Finch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000467529

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Literary Urban Studies and How to Practice It is the first textbook in literary urban studies (LUS). It illuminates and investigates this exciting field, which has grown since the humanities’ ‘spatial turn’ of the 1990s and 2000s. The book introduces city literature, urban methods of reading, classics in LUS and new directions in the field. It outlines the located qualities of literary narratives, texts and events through three units. First, the concept of the city and the main methods and terms needed as tools for investigating city literatures are introduced. A second section, ordered historically, shows how notions like pre-modern, realist, modernist, postcolonial and planetary actually work in nuanced explorations of actual writers, texts and places. The third unit covers literary urban modes: fictional and non-fictional prose in multiple genres; poetry and the idea of the city; dramatic city representation and the theatre as urban place. Multiple key categories of place are explored: the sacred spaces of religion; entry points such as railway stations and junctions; residential areas such as the ‘slum’, suburb and mass housing district; hubs of publishing and performance; categories of city such as the port and resort. In each chapter key terms, reflection questions and tasks labelled ‘Research It’ support reference and learning. Some Research It tasks enable readers to enter new areas of LUS by engaging with neighbouring disciplines like human geography, cultural history, sociology and urban studies. Others equip users by sharpening particular skills of writing or documentation. A thorough glossary of key terms and concepts aids the reader. Literary Urban Studies and How to Practice It is designed for application to literatures and cities in any period and part of the world. Armed with it, humanities researchers at any career stage can develop their interdisciplinary skills and ability to participate in activism and public debates while becoming specialised in LUS. The book is a gateway to practicing LUS and spatial literary research.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Fantastic Short Stories by Women Authors from Spain and Latin America

Fantastic Short Stories by Women Authors from Spain and Latin America

García, P. (2015): Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature: The Architectural Void (New York and Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge). ––– (2019): 'Spanish and Latin American Women Writers in the Literary Canon: A ...

Author: Patricia Garcia

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786835093

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 171

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The fantastic has been particularly prolific in Hispanic countries during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, largely due to the legacy of short-story writers as well as the Latin-American boom that presented alternatives to the model of literary realism. While these writers’ works have done much to establish the Hispanic fantastic in the international literary canon, women authors from Spain and Latin America are not always acknowledged, and their work is less well known to readers. The aim of this critical anthology is to render Hispanic female writers of the fantastic visible, to publish a representative selection of their work, and to make it accessible to English-speaking readers. Five short stories are presented by five key authors. They attest to the richness and diversity of fantastic fiction in the Spanish language, and extend from the early twentieth to the twenty-first century, covering a range of nationalities, cultural references and language specificities from Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Argentina.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Comic Imagination in Modern African Literature and Cinema

The Comic Imagination in Modern African Literature and Cinema

... Philosophy Edited by Marina Grishakova and Silvi Salupere Gender, Race, and American Science Fiction Reflections on Fantastic Identities Jason Haslam Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature The Architectural ...

Author: Maik Nwosu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317374923

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 148

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This book is a seminal study that significantly expands the interdisciplinary discourse on African literature and cinema by exploring Africa’s under-visited carnivalesque poetics of laughter. Focusing on modern African literature as well as contemporary African cinema, particularly the direct-to-video Nigerian film industry known as Nollywood, the book examines the often-neglected aesthetics of the African comic imagination. In modern African literature, which sometimes creatively traces a path back to African folklore, and in Nollywood — with its aesthetic relationship to Onitsha Market Literature — the pertinent styles range from comic simplicitas to comic magnitude with the facilitation of language, characterization, and plot by a poetics of laughter or lightness as an important aspect of style. The poetics at work is substantially carnivalesque, a comic preference or tendency that is attributable, in different contexts, to a purposeful comic sensibility or an unstructured but ingrained or virtual comic mode. In the best instances of this comic vision, the characteristic laughter or lightness can facilitate a revaluation or reappreciation of the world, either because of the aesthetic structure of signification or the consequent chain of signification. This referentiality or progressive signification is an important aspect of the poetics of laughter as the African comic imagination variously reflects, across genres, both the festival character of comedy and its pedagogical value. This book marks an important contribution to African literature, postcolonial literature, world literature, comic imagination, poetics, critical theory, and African cinema.
Categories: Literary Criticism