Use of Imaginary, Historical and Actual Maps in Literature: How British and Irish Authors Created Imaginary Worlds to Tell Their Stories ( Defoe, Swift, Wordsworth, Kipling, Joyce, Tolkien)

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Highlights unrecorded discoveries about how maps and literature are associated. Not only do maps give us a tool by which to understand a physical reality as it actually exists, but maps can support the realm of literary fiction – such as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, or Stevenson’s Treasure Island.


“It is maps that powerfully contribute to the life of literature and ensure its continuance.”
Prof. Paul Foster,
University of Chichester

“Like all memorable journeys, this book resonates in the memory, indeed it spurs you to revisit authors and their worlds. Waste no time, dive in, and begin your travels; you will find a box of delights awaits you.”
Prof. Mark Lofthouse,
University of Oxford

"John Wyatt’s The Use of Fictional maps in Literature is a wide – ranging and penetrative study of how writers created cartographic worlds to authenticate their narratives. Thus in the Middle Ages mappaemundi, centred on the Mediterranean and overlooked by Christ in Majesty, combined doctrine with geography. The succeeding age of discovery, when European navigators explored the shores of other continents was the beginning of a period of technical innovation in printing and in etching, as well as in navigational surveying."
Prof. James Sambrook,
University of Southampton

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