The Spatial Hinge: Reframed


  • James Thurgill The University of Tokyo


affect, interspatiality, literary geography, space, spatial hinge


First introduced in Thurgill and Lovell’s (2019) examination of place and collaboration in the text-as-spatial event (Hones 2008, 2014), the spatial hinge describes the ways in which, given the right circumstances, actual-world geographies might be experienced by readers as extensions of otheriwse unassociated literary worlds. This short ‘Thinking Space’ article reframes the spatial hinge to look at the way in which characters internal to literary narratives, as well as readers, experience textual geographies as a coming togoether or 'hinging' of and between intra- and extra-literary space.

Author Biography

James Thurgill, The University of Tokyo

Specially-appointed Associate ProfessorCollege of Arts and Sciences


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