Chapter 10. Place, Space, and Landscape

  1. Nigel Alderman Assistant Professor1 and
  2. C. D. Blanton Assistant Professor2
  1. Eric Falci Assistant Professor

Published Online: 23 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310306.ch10

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry

A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry

How to Cite

Falci, E. (2009) Place, Space, and Landscape, in A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry (eds N. Alderman and C. D. Blanton), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310306.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Mount Holyoke College, USA

  2. 2

    University of California, Berkeley, USA

Author Information

  1. University of California, Berkeley, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405129244

Online ISBN: 9781444310306



  • place and space and landscape - British and Irish poetry after World War II - fretted with concern about place and space;
  • Postmodern geography - readings of spaces, spatial forms, spatial systems, spatial practices;
  • Peppercanister volumes - network of poems called dinnseanchas, different and more significant;
  • Peter Barry - dearth of urban poetry by women;
  • A great deal of attention has been paid to matters of spatiality and location in late twentieth-century critical thought;
  • An extraordinary range of ideas and writers - consolidated as part of “the spatial turn,” which in turn bolstered emerging fields of “postmodern geography” and “human geography.”;
  • Patrick Kavanagh's cranky and prescient 1952 distinction between “parochialism” and “provincialism” continues to have purchase in this sense;
  • Fisher's writings, many of which are constituted by collaged acts of seeing - enact a long-range meditation on place of the human within spaces that are themselves shot through with human agency and action;
  • The human map interrogated in “Question Time” finds its inverse in another spatial frame central to Carson's work: the surveillance map;
  • final line of Derek Mahon's “A Garage in Co. Cork” - “We might be anywhere, but are in one place only”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading