Introduction: The Case for Comparison

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


Space, Place and Poetry in English and German 1960–1975 proposes that the impact of transnational spatial revolutions on twentieth-century poetry can only be fully grasped with recourse to comparative methodologies which look across national borders. It focuses on the period 1960–75, a key transitional phase between modernity and postmodernity and one which saw drastic changes in perceptions and experiences of space across both language areas. Examinations of representations of space and place in the poetry of this period have been frustratingly monolingual; Thomas argues current research has not yet fully exploited the potential of a space and place oriented approach to poetry of the 1960s and early 1970s, and that to do so requires a fundamentally comparative critical paradigm, exemplified here with reference to a range of Anglophone and German-language poets.


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  1. 1.St Hilda’s CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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