MA in Literature, Landscape & Environment

Windows on their worlds

Dale Salwak, in a piece for the Times Higher Education entitled ‘Windows on their Worlds’, reflects interestingly on the sense of place, particularly that peculiar amalgam of place, tourism, history, reading and the senses: the full experience of following in the footsteps of writer perhaps?

 

21. May 2012 by s.gregg
Categories: Literary heritage, Place | 1 comment

One Comment

  1. Hmmm – not sure about Wordsworth’s ‘fairy-tale’. Also, is he going to visit Aldgate tube station to experience the sense of being buried in a plague pit? And how many people hurtle by St Mary Redcliffe without thinking ‘ooh! Chatterton …’? Do we only continue to know about Chatterton, in fact, because of ‘The Death of Chatterton’ and not the crumbling façade of his dwelling place? But I appreciate Salwak’s feelings – I can remember sitting in John Clare’s cottage just after it was acquired by the Trust but before it got ‘heritaged’ and thinking ‘oooh! This is where he sat! And ate! and slept, and wrote … and did everything else with up to eleven other people ….’ – that’s some perspective! Still, ‘Chapman’s Homer’ comes to mind.

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