Robert Tally

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Robert T. Tally Jr. (born 1969) is a professor of English at Texas State University. His research and teaching focuses on the relations among space, narrative, and representation, particularly in U.S. and comparative literature, and he is active in the emerging scholarly fields of geocriticism,[1] literary geography,[2] and the spatial humanities.[3] Tally is the editor of "Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies," a Palgrave Macmillan book series established in 2013. The translator of Bertrand Westphal's Geocriticism: Real and Fictional Spaces[4] and the editor of Geocritical Explorations,[5] In addition to his numerous essays on literature, criticism, and theory, Tally has written books on Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, and Kurt Vonnegut, as well as a critical introduction to the work of Fredric Jameson.[6]

Tally received an M.A. in literature and Ph.D. in critical and cultural studies from the University of Pittsburgh, a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law, and an A.B. (philosophy) from Duke University.


  • Fredric Jameson: The Project of Dialectical Criticism. London: Pluto Press, 2014.
  • Poe and the Subversion of American Literature: Satire, Fantasy, Critique. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014.
  • Spatiality. The New Critical Idiom. London: Routledge, 2013.
  • Utopia in the Age of Globalization: Space, Representation, and the World System. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Kurt Vonnegut and the American Novel: A Postmodern Iconography. London: Continuum, 2011.
  • Melville, Mapping and Globalization: Literary Cartography in the American Baroque Writer. London: Continuum, 2009.

Edited Collections and Special Issues[edit]

  • Teaching Space, Place, and Literature (editor). London: Routledge, 2018.
  • The Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space (editor). London: Routledge, 2017.
  • Ecocriticism and Geocriticism: Overlapping Territories in Environmental and Spatial Literary Studies (co-editor, with Christine M. Battista). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • The Geocritical Legacies of Edward W. Said: Spatiality, Critical Humanism, and Comparative Literature (editor). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
  • Literary Cartographies: Spatiality, Representation, and Narrative (editor). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Spatial Literary Studies (editor), special issue of Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 14.3 (2014).
  • Kurt Vonnegut (editor). Critical Insights. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2013.
  • Kurt Vonnegut and Humor (co-editor, with Peter C. Kunze), special issue of Studies in American Humor New Series 3, No. 26 (2012).
  • Geocritical Explorations: Space, Place and Mapping in Literary and Cultural Studies (editor). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.


  1. ^ [1] "Professor pioneers geocritical approach for studying literature," by Billi London-Gray, Texas State University Blog (October 19, 2010)
  2. ^ [2] Robert T. Tally Jr., featured speaker at the University of South Florida's "Re-Conceptualizing Cartography" graduate conference, April 13, 2012
  3. ^ [3] Spatiality, The New Critical Idiom series, Routledge, 2012.
  4. ^ [4] Geocriticism: Real and Imagined Spaces, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
  5. ^ [5] Geocritical Explorations, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  6. ^ [6] See "Fredric Jameson's Ruthless Criticism of All That Exists," Pluto Press blog, June 18, 2014.

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