Postcolonial Literary Geographies

Out of Place

  • John Thieme

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-237

About this book


This book examines how ideas about place and space have been transformed in recent decades. It offers a unique understanding of the ways in which postcolonial writers have contested views of place as fixed and unchanging and are remapping conceptions of world geography, with chapters on cartography, botany and gardens, spice, ecologies, animals and zoos, and cities, as well as reference to the importance of archaeology and travel in such debates. Writers whose work receives detailed attention include Amitav Ghosh, Derek Walcott, Jamaica Kincaid, Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje and Robert Kroetsch. Challenging both older colonial and more recent global constructions of place, the book argues for an environmental politics that is attentive to the concerns of disadvantaged peoples, animal rights and ecological issues. Its range and insights make it essential reading for anyone interested in the changing physical and human geography of the contemporary world.


Ecocriticism Environmentalism Cultural studies Cartography Botany in literature Food discourse Representations of animals LIterary geography Urban geography Spice Subaltern space Caribbean literature Indian writing in English Canadian literature Amitav Ghosh Jamaica Kincaid Derek Walcott Salman Rushdie Michael Ondaatje Spatial studies

Authors and affiliations

  • John Thieme
    • 1
  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUnited Kingdom

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