Introduction: Collaborations in Literary Geography


  • David McLaughlin Brunel University London


roundtable conference, collaboration, mapping, embodiment, place


In September 2018 a group of literary geographers again gathered in Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to discuss current concerns and the future direction of this interdiscipline. The theme for 2018 was ‘collaboration’. This introduction provides a brief overview of the definitions and practices of collaboration in literary geography which were developed at the conference, as well as introducing the first group of Thinking Space pieces to emerge from those discussions.

Author Biography

David McLaughlin, Brunel University London

Adjunct lecturer, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Brunel University


Alexander, N. (2015) ‘On Literary Geography.’ Literary Geographies, 1(1), pp. 3-6.

Cooper, D. and Priestnall, G. (2011) ‘The Processual Intertextuality of Literary Cartographies: Critical and Digital Practices.’ The Cartographic Journal, 48(4): pp. 250-262.

Del Casino Jr., V. and Hanna, S. (2006) ‘Beyond the “Binaries”: A Methodological Intervention for Interrogating Maps and Representational Practices’. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 4(1), pp.34-56.

Hones, S. (2014) Literary Geographies: Narrative Space in Let the Great World Spin. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hones, S., Alexander, N., Cooper, D., Kneale, J. and Ridanpää, J. (2015) ‘Editorial.’ Literary Geographies, 1(1), pp. 1-2.

Kitchin, R. and Dodge, M. (2007) ‘Rethinking Maps.’ Progress in Human Geography, 31(3), pp. 331-344.

Luchetta, S. and Ridanpää, J. (2019) ‘The More-Than-Representational Lives of Literary Maps.’ Literary Geographies, 5(1), pp. 11-15.

Molloy, D. (2019) ‘Collaborative Embodiment: Literary Geographies of Female Health and Illness’. Literary Geographies, 5(1), pp. 7-10.

Thurgill, J. and Lovell, J. (2019) ‘Expanding Worlds: Place and collaboration in (and after) the ‘text-as-spatial-event.’ Literary Geographies, 5(1), pp. 16-20.






Thinking Space