The Poetics of Space and Place in Scottish Literature

  • Monika Szuba
  • Julian Wolfreys

Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Monika Szuba, Julian Wolfreys
    Pages 1-13
  3. Contested Beginnings

  4. Essaying Place: Fiction and Non-fiction Prose Representations

  5. Figuring Land, Figuring Self: Poetics

  6. Afterword: From Word to Image

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 301-304

About this book


This book addresses the poetics of space and place in Scottish literature. Focusing chiefly on twentieth- and twenty-first century texts, with acknowledgement of historical and philosophical contexts, the essays address representation, narrative form, the work of the poetic, perception and experience. Major genres and forms are discussed, and authors as diverse as George Mackay Brown, Kathleen Jamie, Ken McLeod and Kei Miller are presented through theoretically informed, historically contextualized close readings. Additionally considering the role of dialect and region in the poetry and fiction of modern Scotland, the volume argues for an appreciation of the cultural diversity of Scottish writers while highlighting the overarching presence of a connection between self and world, subject and place within Scottish literature.


Scottish literature lowlands scotland highlands scotland spatial literary studies literary urban studies geocriticism literature and place ecocriticism

Editors and affiliations

  • Monika Szuba
    • 1
  • Julian Wolfreys
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GdańskGdańskPoland
  2. 2.Independent ScholarLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-12644-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-12645-2
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