My newest project will explore the life and times of Jim Harrison, whose 21 volumes of fiction, including Legends of the Fall (1979) Dalva (1996), and True North (2004), essays, and 14 books of poetry, shaped the course of contemporary American literature. As Bill Blythe wrote in The New York Times in 2007, Harrison’s “books glisten with love of the world, and are as grounded as Thoreau’s in the particulars of American place—its rivers and thickets, its highways and taverns.” He added, “Bawdily and with unrelenting gusto, Harrison’s 40 years’ worth of writing explores what constitutes a good life, both aesthetically and morally, on this planet.”
The book is in progress. Stay tuned!
The Spatial Turn: Critical Approaches to Spatial Literary Studies
This book introduces the growing field of spatial literary studies. Beginning with an in-depth overview of spatial theory, the book examines the various methodological and disciplinary approaches central to the study of literature and spatial studies, including Geocriticism, Geopoetics, and GeoHumanities. The book also explores recent conversations and debates about the role of place in today’s world and the intersections of spatial studies with the field of Ecocriticism, an increasingly urgent and productive pairing, and includes chapters on various timely topics, such as Globalization and Non-Places.
The book is currently under review with an academic press.