MLA Options for Teaching Volume on Teaching Space, Place, and Literature

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Robert T. Tally Jr.
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Essay proposals are invited for Teaching Space, Place, and Literature, a volume in the MLA's Options for Teaching series to be edited by Robert T. Tally, Jr. This volume aims to survey a broad expanse of literary critical, theoretical, and historical territory in presenting both an introduction to teaching spatial literary studies and an essential guide to scholarly research being conducted in this burgeoning field. Exploring key topics and pedagogical strategies for teaching issues of space, place, and mapping in literary and cultural studies, this volume will include valuable information for both specialists and nonspecialists in spatiality studies, and the essays should be of interest to teachers of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. A section devoted to teaching resources will include current scholarship, reference works, and relevant historical and geographic materials.

Contributions may fall under broad categories, such as issues and definitions, pedagogical approaches, spaces and places, course design, and resources. Topics might include but are not limited to the following: spatial critical theory, literary geography, topography, geocriticism, spatiotemporality, periodization and spaces, urbanism, regionalism, distinctive spaces (e.g., islands, borders, nonplaces), landscapes, mobilities, questions of scale or framing, travel narratives, ecocriticism or environmental literary studies, feminism and gendered spaces, colonial and postcolonial studies, using maps or GIS in teaching literature, digital humanities, race and place, genre, utopia and heterotopias, transnational studies, and globalization. Because this volume is devoted to teaching, essays on these topics and others should focus on the pedagogical theory and practice related to space, place, and literature. Proposals should identify your intended topic, explain its importance to the field of spatial literary studies, and make clear how the proposed essay will apply to the needs of college and university teachers teaching these subjects.

If you are interested in contributing an essay of approximately 3,000 words to Teaching Space, Place, and Literature, please send a 300-word proposal to Robert T. Tally, Jr. ( by 1 September 2015.