Authored by: Lars Konzack

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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The term escapism, to seek distraction from reality or from routine, first appeared in the 1933 Encyclopedia of Social Sciences (Ayto, 1999). This, of course, implies that it may have seen earlier use. “Escapism” should not be confused with “escapology,” which is the performance of escaping from restraints, traps, or confinements. Hence, an “escapist” could be either a person who escapes from captivity or, as in this case, a person who indulges in a mental process of emotional diversion by means of entertainment or other kinds of leisure activities to avoid or retreat from what is considered an unpleasant or unacceptable reality.

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