chapter  18
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Bookland: Building England in a Time Travel Universe in Connie Willis’s To Say Nothing of the Dog

ByHelen Conrad-O’Briain

Despite the awards given to Connie Willis’s To Say Nothing of the Dog (1998)1 and a generally positive response from readers, the book has attracted an undercurrent of dissent and discomfort among bloggers and online critics. Complaints range from too great a reliance on suspension of disbelief to questions of the generic propriety of time travel itself or a deep discomfort among some readers (carefully related back to questions of generic propriety) with an apparent suggestion of a Providential order in the text. All these caveats, share, it could be argued, a misreading of the setting.2