In the fall of 2015, I enrolled in a class in Brown’s English department titled Poetic Cosmologies. One of the strangest classes I’ve taken, it took up questions of materiality and temporality, particularly in literature. My final paper discussed a phenomenon at play in several of the course’s readings and in communities around the globe: the unfixity of the land beneath us. How can we understand geography, not as a constant, but as subject to change? How does this inform our knowledge of settlements, of spaces, and of poetry?
My paper is available at the following link: unfixedmaps.