Geography and Maps

Authored by: Gerard Hynes

The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138638914
eBook ISBN: 9781315637525
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While imaginary worlds may be experienced through many means—narrative, gameplay, visual art—the simulation of physical geography still forms an essential element to most world-building. The cartographic analysis of imaginary worlds may be fit into the larger context of the “spatial turn” the humanities and social sciences have undergone in the post-war period (see Tally, 2013: 11–17). In this way, imaginary worlds can potentially make a substantial contribution to geocriticism, the literary analysis of geographical space and its attendant discourses.

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