Introduction

  • Michael Tavel Clarke
  • David Wittenberg
Chapter
Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)

Abstract

In their introduction to Scale in Literature and Culture, editors Clarke and Wittenberg emphasize the importance of scale for epistemology, scholarly methodology, subjectivity, and politics. They identify historical roots of contemporary preoccupation with scale issues, focusing on the works of Galileo, Kant, and Burke, and the role of scale in the culture of modernity. Exploring the renewed attention to scale, provoked by contemporary discourse on the Anthropocene and globalization, they emphasize the challenges these discourses pose to traditional ideas of agency and democracy. They review recent work on the topic of scale in a variety of disciplines, including literary studies, architecture and urban planning, human geography, film studies, and other fields, and conclude with brief summaries of the collection’s contents.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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