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Nowhere, anywhere, somewhere: Coupland and space

Andrew Tate

in Douglas Coupland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719074882
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701201 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074882.003.0004
Nowhere, anywhere, somewhere: Coupland and space

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This chapter explores Coupland's representation of three distinctive but interconnected forms of space. The first section addresses the built landscape, including those most obviously postmodern spaces described by James Howard Kunstler in The Geography of Nowhere (1993) as ‘Capitals of Unreality’. The second section explores the impact of travel on space with particular reference to the boundary genre of the road story. Many of Coupland's meandering road stories take detours into the wilderness or desert. The last section explores the novelist's engagement with these barren spaces.

Keywords: space forms; postmodern spaces; The Geography of Nowhere; space travel; barren spaces

Chapter.  9031 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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