Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright

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pp. 5-5

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

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1 : Introduction

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pp. 1-13

Reading fantasy was always like going on a journey for me. It might have been to a curious place spied through the window, or to an impossibly exotic country far away. Sometimes the landscape was comforting and familiar; at other times, disturbing and alien. Blinding beauty or nauseating ugliness assailed my eyes. In these places, there were adventures and heroes, enigmas...

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2 : Maps

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pp. 14-67

Maps are wonderful tools that can help us find our way and divide up our surroundings: into our land and theirs, into safe places and unsafe, and, ultimately, into the known world and the unknown. Exploring has become tantamount to mapping, turning the empty margins and blank...

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3 : Borders and Boundaries

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pp. 68-128

Just like the actual world, all reasonably complex secondary worlds are divided into areas of various kinds. Divisions may be geographical or administrative in nature, with areas demarcated by, for instance, rivers, mountain ranges, beaches, hedges, ditches, dykes, or simply lines on a map. Crossing from one area into another may be...

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4 : Nature and Culture

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pp. 129-176

One of the most intriguing divisions that fantasy literature enables us to rethink is that between the domains of nature and culture. Many scholars maintain that the principal cause of today’s many environmental problems, from ozone depletion to the proliferation of genetically manipulated organisms, is...

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5 : Realms and Rulers

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pp. 177-215

The previous chapters discussed divisions that are, in one way or another, mainly peculiar to fantasy—either because they do not exist in the actual world, such as polder boundaries, or because, as in the case of the nature–culture division, they can be constructed differently in a fantasy world. This chapter...

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6 : Some Final Thoughts

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pp. 216-220

I consider myself a seasoned traveler in the realm of fairy story. I have long since lost count of all the places I have visited in the myriad fantasy stories I have read over the years. Often, a setting feels more well- known than wonderful, like a vacation resort one has visited several times before. Equally often, however, I blink (my mind’s eye, at least) at the fresh wonders that glitter between the pages: ...

Appendix A: Method for the Map Survey

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pp. 221-224

Appendix B: Map Sample

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pp. 225-232

Notes

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pp. 233-262

Bibliography

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pp. 263-276

Index

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pp. 277-285

About the Author

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pp. 297-297