This module offers an introduction to understanding and exploring ideas of space, movement and identity in relation to major writers and texts across the nineteenth century. We will read key writers of place alongside a range of relevant spatial and philosophical texts and extracts for each of the thematic themes that are addressed across the module.
The module focuses on three themes: walking and writing; mapping literary place and space; and interior and exterior. We use these themes to think about how place and space are constructed through movement, action and reaction, as well as to consider how the visual representation of place via maps can transform the ways we understand the world around us. We consider multiple types of place, including rural farmland, mountains and lakes, islands, cities and the home. We will place these themes in the context of twentieth-century thinking on place and space via the works of phenemenologists like Maurice Merleau Ponty and spatial theorists, including Gaston Bachelard, Michel de Certeau, Henri Lefebvre, Franco Moretti and Yi Fu Tuan.