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Andrew Tate

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074882

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074882.001.0001

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Nowhere, anywhere, somewhere: Coupland and space

Nowhere, anywhere, somewhere: Coupland and space

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Douglas Coupland
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Andrew Tate

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719074882.003.0004

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

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