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Ridanpää, J. (2017). Imaginative Regions. The Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space. In : Robert T. Tally Jr (ed.)The Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space. New York & London: Routledge, pp. 187-194.

Imaginative regions

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Author: Ridanpää, Juha1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Routledge, 2017
Publish Date: 2019-09-12


This essay introduces how literature works as a sociocultural institution inducing people to imagine and comprehend both abstract and lived spaces as certain forms of regional systems. Understanding regions as imaginative is approached here from two perspectives. Firstly, it considers how the human imagination generates a regional form as an outcome of social processes connected with power and otherness, and secondly, it looks at how regional narratives, as descriptions of local cultures, lifestyle and habits, blur the conventional (e.g. administrative) ways of structuring space as a specific kind of region system. In addition the chapter briefly exemplifies how literature is used, at the local scale, as a resource for region-building processes in which local heritage and culture are maintained.

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ISBN: 978-1-315-74597-8
ISBN Print: 978-1-317-59694-3
Pages: 187 - 194
DOI: 10.4324/9781315745978-18
Host publication: The Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space
Host publication editor: Tally Jr, Robert T.
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
6122 Literature studies
Copyright information: © 2017 Routledge. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space on 6 Jan 2017, available online: