Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies

Popular Fiction and Spatiality

Reading Genre Settings

Editors: Fletcher, Lisa (Ed.)

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  • Offers a complex appraisal of the significance of popular fiction by discussing an impressive range of genres
  • Provides much-needed depth and context to readings of a range of bestselling twentieth- and twenty-first-century authors and texts.
  • Brings together the key concepts and concerns of literary spatial studies and popular fiction studies. 
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This volume moves the debate about literature and geography in a new direction by showing the significance of spatial settings in the enormous and complex field of popular fiction. Approaching popular genres as complicated systems of meaning, the collected essays model key theoretical and critical approaches for interrogating the meaning of space and place across diverse genres, including crime, thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, and romance. Including topics such as classic English ghost stories, blockbuster Antarctic thrillers, prize-winning Montreal crime fiction, J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, and China Miéville’s Bas-Lag, among others, this book brings together analyses of the real-and-imagined settings of some of the most widely read authors and texts of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to show how they have an immeasurable impact on our spatial awareness and imagination.

About the authors

Lisa Fletcher is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Her books include Historical Romance Fiction: Heterosexuality and Performativity (2008), and (with Ralph Crane) Cave: Nature and Culture (2015). Her current research focuses on twenty-first-century Australian popular fiction.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: Space, Place, and Popular Fiction

    Pages 1-8

    Fletcher, Lisa

  • Cave Genres/Genre Caves: Reading the Subterranean Thriller

    Pages 9-24

    Crane, Ralph (et al.)

  • Unstable Places and Generic Spaces: Thrillers Set in Antarctica

    Pages 25-43

    Leane, Elizabeth

  • Chronotopic Reading of Crime Fiction: Montréal in La Trace de l’Escargot

    Pages 45-61

    Brosseau, Marc (et al.)

  • Romance in the Backblocks in New Zealand Popular Fiction, 1930–1950: Mary Scott’s Barbara Stories

    Pages 63-78

    Stafford, Jane

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Popular Fiction and Spatiality
Book Subtitle
Reading Genre Settings
Editors
  • Lisa Fletcher
Series Title
Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56902-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56902-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57141-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95407-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 220
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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