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ERIC Number: EJ1131363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Mappaemundi, Maps and the Romantic Aesthetic in Children's Books
Doherty, Peter
Children's Literature in Education, v48 n1 p89-102 Mar 2017
This article considers the extent to which medieval "mappaemundi" are an important precedent for literary cartographies in fiction for children. It connects the notion of embeddedness to Peta Mitchell's (2011) suggestion that "mappaemundi" refused to entertain the later, post-Enlightenment cartographic distinction between subject and environment, positing instead the "absorption" of the medieval subject into the religious medieval world space. The article documents some of the visual conventions that maps in children's literature have appropriated from "mappaemundi." In doing so, it articulates the contradictions inherent both to ecological rhetoric and cartographic space and the visual lexicon of maps included with children's books, which contribute to a rhetoric of ecomimesis. The article argues that maps in children's literature are invested in a rhetoric of ecomimesis, that we are, as Timothy Morton (2009) has it, "embedded" in Nature, and that this embeddedness conceit threatens to forestall critique in that it reproduces the related oppositions of culture/Nature, subject/object and subject/environment even as it appears to collapse their respective terms. In the process, it considers maps in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (2007/1719), the Alderley Edge books of Alan Garner, Arthur Ransome's "Swallows and Amazons" (2012/1930), and Rosemary Sutcliff's "Outcast" (1998/1955).
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Language: English
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