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Geocriticism: Reading Literature in Space

Dr. Manfred Malzahn,

United Arab Emirates University, UAE

Among recent currents in the field of literary studies, geocriticism has emerged asbeing probably the most promising, arguably the most accommodating, and—paradoxically—the most traditional of innovations. This paper will seek to illuminate the nature and the potential of a critical approach that continues previous and that challenges contemporary critical theories and practices. The argument will be supported by examples drawn largely, if not exclusively from Scottish literature and culture, used in an attempt to illustrate the praticularinterrelatedness between natural environment, built environment, and community that has shaped and is shaping the multiple selves of Scotland and its people.

The above abstract is a part of the article which was accepted at The International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics (WWW.LLLD.IR), 2-3 February 2017, Iran-Ahwaz.