David Cooper is an academic whose work revolves around the relationship between writing and place. Our Editor Sam spoke with him about place writing and how it might inform our understanding of adventure. David’s thoughtful responses to a series of prompts, interspersed through the interview, also provide some fantastic reading recommendations.
David Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University and the founding co-director (with Rachel Lichtenstein) of the Centre for Place Writing. As a literary geographer, he has published widely on contemporary place writing, (digital) literary cartography, and Romantic landscape poetics; and he was a founding co-editor of the international open access journal, Literary Geographies. He is also increasingly interested in the synergies, and tensions, between creative and critical approaches to place. His current publication projects include the co-editing (with Neal Alexander) of The Routledge Handbook of Literary Geographies and a critical monograph on contemporary British and Irish place writing. He is also co-editing (with Lichtenstein) PLACE 2021: a follow-up to the digital project, PLACE 2020, in which writers and artists from around the world were invited to reflect on what 'place' meant to them in the year of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.