The City of Lost Books

Maslen, R. (2015) The City of Lost Books. [Website]

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You have found your way to the Blog for Fantasy at Glasgow, the hub for research on fantasy and the fantastic at the University of Glasgow. Why is it called The City of Lost Books? The title comes from a lost book about the Plain of a Thousand Cities, concerning which I may have more to say elsewhere. But it’s also named in recognition that fantasy books have been lost to the curriculum since the days when the fantastic got a bad name – somewhere around the time when Plato banished poets from his ideal Republic. Fantasy fiction has existed in an alternative dimension, a hidden library, for much of its existence; and the question of how long it has existed is as vexed as any question about a past that has not yet discovered how to write itself. All we know for sure is that the hidden library has grown to gigantic dimensions, larger even than the secret library in Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. It’s more of a city, now. And it’s time to go in and see what books we can recover from it.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maslen, Dr Robert
Authors: Maslen, R.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature

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