Chapter published in:Maps and Mapping in Children's Literature: Landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes
Edited by Nina Goga and Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer
[Children’s Literature, Culture, and Cognition 7] 2017
Chapter 3. A subtle cartography
Navigating the past in children’s fiction
The shift from rural to urban is mapped out in fiction, providing crucial reference points in environmental and cultural history. The old-fashioned worlds depicted in L.M. Montgomery’s Jane of Lantern Hill and Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s Understood Betsy are mapped not visually but verbally, conveying a strong sense of place that roots the characters with an intrinsic cartography. In this chapter, the author applies ecocriticism to fiction from the past to explore how personal geography and physical geography are entwined and informed by the other. The author analyzes the ways in which substantial and experiential contact with the land helps the protagonists develop their geographic literacy.
Published online: 14 August 2017
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