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    The rural geographies of Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer

    Fraser, Alistair (2014) The rural geographies of Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer. Journal of Rural Studies. ISSN 0743-0167

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    Academics are undoubtedly at the forefront of efforts to understand and communicate the sorts of far-reaching contemporary changes that make rural space so heavily contested. However, numerous other writers are engaged in contemporary debates about rurality and, among them all, Barbara Kingsolver stands out as particularly important. As such, this paper uses her novel Prodigal Summer to consider how Kingsolver imagines and portrays contested rural geographies. Analytically, the approach develops current ideas in literary geography by asking about the "scalar" poetics and underlying, unwritten causal geographies of Prodigal Summer. Via a careful consideration of these issues in the novel, the paper discusses how the world Kingsolver imagines and depicts overlaps with contemporary debates in rural studies

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Contested ruralities; literary geography; scale; causality; Barbara Kingsolver;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 5006
    Depositing User: Alistair Fraser
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2014 09:49
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Rural Studies
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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