24 March 2016: “Thinking through Space in Fiction” seminar

You are welcome to attend the following talk by Dr David Sergeant (Lecturer in English)

on “Thinking through Space in Fiction”

Thursday 24 March 2016 at 4.30pm in the seminar room on floor 3 of the Link Building, Plymouth University

(as part of the CogNovo What’s Up series)


Narrative is, by its very nature, temporal, but it also entails the thinking of space: but what kind of work does space do in texts? Space in fiction is often treated by critics as a referential entity to be interpreted thematically and historically, when it is noticed at all; this talk, however, will speculate about how spatiality in narrative might also function as a cognitive tool that can be used to make meaning, with a complexity and sophistication that has frequently been underestimated, and which invites comparison and collaboration with other fields of research and creative practice. The Dalai Lama, the somatosensory cortex, global environmental crisis, and medieval mysticism will all get at least a mention.


WHAT’s UP is a weekly time slot during which researchers present new ideas, technical, and methodological background or start a discussion about some interesting topic. Whilst primarily of interest to CogNovo Fellows, they are open to anybody who wishes to attend (for free).

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