ERIC Number: ED211415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Geography and Literature: Unity and Reality.
Hoy, Don R.
This paper discusses the role that geography plays in the enhanced comprehension of some literature. One way to demonstrate the value and utility of geography is to show how geographers can contribute to other fields and the interrelationships with other disciplines. Many novelists have used geographical concepts to good advantage. Examples include James Michener, William Faulkner, Phillip and Juilana Muehreke, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and John Steinbeck. Nevil Shute's "The Legacy" illustrates a number of geographic concepts such as industrial location, threshold values, take off points, and the multiplier effects. If writers have incorporated geographic materials into their works, the reverse is also true. There is considerable precedent for the use of literary works by geographers. For example, the geographer William Rabiega prepared a bibliography on the use of science fiction as an indicator of possible future conditions as they relate to the environment. A recent survey of teaching techniques utilized in courses on Latin American politics shows that over 40% of the respondents utilized works of fiction as a pedagogic device, and all instructors who used fictional materials reported that they were effective. The two concepts that tie geography and literature together are unity and reality. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Pittsburgh, PA, October, 1981).