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Popular Fiction and Spatiality

Reading Genre Settings

  • Lisa Fletcher

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

About this book


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.


1 Geocriticism 2 Chronotope 3 Popular fiction 4 Popular genres 5 Genre studies 6 Eco-thriller cultural theory culture essay Europe fiction genre history of literature India literary theory literature nation North America twentieth century World Literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Lisa Fletcher
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

About the editors

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.

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