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Scale in Literature and Culture

  • Michael Tavel Clarke
  • David Wittenberg


  • Emphasizes a cross-disciplinary approach to geocriticism, examining critical theory, film, and novels

  • Establishes key benchmarks for discussion on scale in literature

  • Illuminates the historical, methodological, and social/political significance of scale


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Michael Tavel Clarke, David Wittenberg
    Pages 1-32
  3. Scale: History and Conception

  4. Scale in Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Aikaterini Antonopoulou
      Pages 177-199
  5. Scale in Literature

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 305-323

About this book


This collection emphasizes a cross-disciplinary approach to the problem of scale, with essays ranging in subject matter from literature to film, architecture, the plastic arts, philosophy, and scientific and political writing. Its contributors consider a variety of issues provoked by the sudden and pressing shifts in scale brought on by globalization and the era of the Anthropocene, including: the difficulties of defining the concept of scale; the challenges that shifts in scale pose to knowledge formation; the role of scale in mediating individual subjectivity and agency; the barriers to understanding objects existing in scalar realms different from our own; the role of scale in mediating the relationship between humans and the environment; and the nature of power, authority, and democracy at different social scales.


role of scale in epistemology size and scale in the Antropocene The Anthropocene and Paracelsus The Anthropocene and Walt Whitman Powers of Ten and epistemology scale variance Olafur Eliasson scale and hierarchy skyscrapers and anti-capitalism King Kong as corporate allegory Richard Mathesons The Shrinking Man Chinese vs. Western attitudes towards architectural reproduction friction between scalar shifts Fredric Jameson Cognitive mapping global scale of social relations world literature and global scale Richard Grossman's Breeze Avenue Scales of relation in Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Tavel Clarke
    • 1
  • David Wittenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Department of EnglishUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

About the editors

Michael Tavel Clarke is Associate Professor of English at University of Calgary, Canada. 

David Wittenberg is Associate Professor of English at the University of Iowa, USA.

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