Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Letters
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Geocriticism and Socio-Spatial Theories
Abstract: This study aims to analyze the relationship between literary geography and postmodern critical theories, focusing on the role played by socio-spatial dialectics within ideologically oriented geocriticism. The central argument is that without the spatialization of Marxism, initiated in the 1970s and 1980s by Henri Lefebvre and Edward W. Soja, geocriticism could not be methodologically articulated today as a major discipline within World Literature studies. Since the theories of these philosophers are already integrated into Western geocriticism, it is important to metabolize them in the local context precisely in order to legitimize a coherent geocritical approach to Romanian literature.
Keywords: geocriticism, critical social theory, literary spatiality, socio-spatial dialectic, geographical materialism, urban sociology.
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