by Rebecca Walsh
“Takes an exciting new approach by reading modernism alongside geographical theorists as well as periodicals such as National Geographic.”—Andrew Thacker, coeditor of Geographies of Modernism
“Walsh tells a clear, compelling, and convincing story about geography’s role in shaping experimental poetry.”—Marsha Bryant, author of Women’s Poetry and Popular Culture
This new book looks at how Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, and H.D. interacted with geographic theories and sources of their day—including the cosmological geography of Alexander von Humboldt and Mary Somerville, the environmental determinism of Ellen Churchill Semple, and mainstream textbooks and periodicals. She shows how geographic theories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries inspired experimental writers to create transnational identities on the exhilarating landscape of nations, continents, and the globe.