chapter  5
Phenomenology, Place, and the Spatial Turn
ByEric Prieto
Pages 10

As a key spatial and geographical concept, the notion of place has played an enduring role in studies of literary spatiality. This chapter shows how the study of phenomenological place has evolved in reaction to these challenges and can be reconciled with at least some of their aims. It emphasizes the multiplicity and variety of place representations in literature. The chapter focuses on one issue that seems particularly urgent for an understanding of literary place in the phenomenological. It suggests the successful evocation of place in this (phenomenological) sense is just as much a matter of internal textual dynamics as fidelity to some real or imagined model. Place, in other words, is also a matter of technique. The preceding considerations will hopefully go some way towards dispelling concerns that place theory is dependent on retrograde conceptions of human subjectivity. The scientific aspirations of the spatial turn require a relativization of the (pre-scientific) familiarity of phenomenological place and representations thereof.