This book provides a series of new addresses to the enduring problem of how to categorize the Fantastic. The approach taken is through the lens of spatiality; the Fantastic gives us new worlds, although of course these are refractions of worlds already in being. In place of ‘real’ spaces (whatever they might be), the Fantastic gives us imaginary spaces, although within those spaces historical and cultural conflicts are played out, albeit in forms that stretch our understanding of everyday location, and our usual interpretations of cause and effect. Many authors are addressed here, from a variety of different geographical and national traditions, thus demonstrating how the Fantastic - as a mode, a genre, a way of thinking, imagining and writing - continually traverses borders and boundaries. We hope to move the ongoing debate about the Fantastic forward in a scholarly as well as an engaging way.

chapter |2 pages


Space and Fantastic
ByDavid Punter, C. Bruna Mancini

chapter 1|12 pages


The Place of the Witch
ByDavid Punter

chapter 2|23 pages

Spaces of the Fantastic, the Fantastic of Spaces

(Psycho)Wandering the Urban Texture of London
ByC. Bruna Mancini

chapter 3|16 pages

The Literary Motif of the Devil Architect

Where Built Space Meets the Fantastic
ByPatricia García

chapter 5|15 pages

Border Imagery in Victorian ‘Supernatural’ Short Stories

The Portrait
ByMaria Teresa Chialant

chapter 6|11 pages

Rambles in the Fantastic

Digital Mapping Mary Shelley’s Last Man
ByDavid Sandner

chapter 7|19 pages

Home Is Where the Dark Is

A Literary Geography of Daphne du Maurier’s Disturbing Genres
ByDavid Ian Paddy

chapter 8|16 pages

Place and Space in the Literary Utopia

ByPatrick Parrinder

chapter 9|13 pages

Seeing Things

Competing Worlds in Octavia Butler’s Kindred and China Miéville’s The City and the City
ByLucie Armitt

chapter 10|14 pages

Of Borders and (W)holes

Porous Geographies of the Fantastic in China Miéville and Nora K. Jemisin
ByNicoletta Vallorani