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Topologies of the Classical World in Children's Fiction: Palimpsests, Maps, and Fractals

Claudia Nelson and Anne Morey


This book draws upon cognitive poetics and uses an assortment of works written in Britain and the US for preteen and adolescent readers from 1906 to 2018 to argue that authors typically employ a limited and powerful set of spatial metaphors to organize the classical past for young readers. Popular models include palimpsest texts, which see the past as a collection of strata in which each new era forms a layer superimposed upon a foundation laid earlier; map texts, which use the metaphor of the mappable journey to represent a protagonist’s process of maturing while gaining knowledge of the self ... More

Keywords: youth literature, cognitive approach, metaphor, classical reception, map, literary palimpsest, literary fractal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198846031
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198846031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Nelson, author
Professor of English, Texas A&M University

Anne Morey, author
Associate Professor of English, Texas A&M University