Working at the crossroads of
contemporary geographical and cultural theory, the book explores how
social spaces function as sites which foreground D. H. Lawrence and
Virginia Woolf's critiques of the social order and longings for change.
Looking at various social spaces from homes to nations to utopian space
brought into the here and now the book shows the ways in which these
writers criticize and deconstruct the contemporary symbolic, physical,
and discursive spatial topoi of the dominant socio-spatial order and
envision a more liberating and inclusive human geography. In addition,
the book calls for the need to redress the tendency of some spatial
theories to underestimate the political potential of literary discourse
about space, instead of simply and mechanically appropriating some
theoretical concepts to literary criticism. One of the central findings
in the book, therefore, is that literary texts can perform subversive
interventions in the production of social space through their critical
interaction with dominant spatial codes.