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Place and Space


Many literary works are deeply rooted in a specific place. Think about Tolkien’s intricate construction of Middle-Earth alongside Thoreau’s Walden, Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, Thomas More’s Utopia, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, or even The Pequod in Moby Dick. Whether real or imagined, or a hybrid of the two, these places gain authenticity through the development of maps, which make the literary terrane as tangible to the audience as it is to the fictional characters. This selective bibliography, which focuses on scholarly monographs, has been designed to illustrate the many diverse ways in which maps have been incorporated into literary texts ranging from Rennaissance literature to modern-day pop culture.