This is a question I received that I can’t answer – anyone reading this have a sense of whether this has been done, is possible, or plausible? The request comes from Joel Gladd (email@example.com) but do please reply through comments. The initial request said:
I gathered – from the posts on The Birth of Territory – that you would know of an explicit connection between the traditional epic mode (e.g., as articulated by Hegel in his Lectures on Aesthetics) and techniques of territoriality.
When I confessed I didn’t know, I asked for a further elaboration before posting here:
My dissertation chapters are structured around historical novels in the American Naturalist tradition (roughly, 1890s-1920s). Part of the conceptual labor involves a genealogy of the American historical novel, and the historical novel more generally. Lukács famously appropriates Hegel’s dialectical reading of the epic mode (e.g., from the collected Lectures on Aesthetics, Vol. II of the Harris translation) for his Marxist interpretation of the historical novel, but I prefer to borrow from Hegel more directly, rather than through the Frankfurt School.The recent Lefebvre- & Foucault-inspired understanding of territoriality in Geography Studies (rigorously delimited by you) seems to provide some of the concepts for handling a Hegelian reading of the epic mode and its genealogical link with the historical novel, esp. in how Hegel connects a centered national consciousness with a specific area carved out of Nature. In fact this seems so obvious that I assume there must be something already published that specifically links ‘territoriality’ with the epic mode. This is somewhat outside of my field, however, and I was hoping you might have suggestions for where to look?You may include my name & email if this request is posted.