The Imaginary Sea Voyage : Sailing Away in Literature, Legend and Lore
By: Bloom, James J.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2013Description: 1 online resource (289 p.).ISBN: 9781476603629.Subject(s): Adventure and adventurers in literature | Sailors in literature | Sea in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Imaginary Sea Voyage : Sailing Away in Literature, Legend and LoreDDC classification: 808.8032162 | 809.933582 | 809/.933582 LOC classification: PN56.A3 B58 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Cover; Table of Contents; Preface; Introduction; One. Cataloguing Travels to Neverland: Attempts to Define the Genre; Two. Hear-Say and Heresy: Ancient and Classical Cosmographies, 500 B.C.-A.D. 500; Three. Blarney and Barnacles: Seafaring Legends of Celtic Exploration; Four. Vikings Westward: Empirical and Non-Empirical Lore; Five. Geography as Art and Dogma: Medieval Tales of Atlantic Isles; Six. From Leif to Christopher: Apocryphal Voyages from the Norse Discoveries to Columbus; Seven. Following the Codfish to Hy-Brasil: Speculative-but-Possible Explorations by the Portuguese and English
Eight. The Age of Discovery and Its Legacy: The World According to Explorers and MapmakersNine. The Imaginary Voyage Genre as Literature, Allegory and Fairy Tale; Ten. Chasing the Mirage: The Atlantis Theme and Its Progeny; Eleven. Lost Worlds and Hidden Civilizations: The Imaginary Island in Science Fiction and Fantasy, 1800-1950; Twelve. The Intergalactic Ocean: The Transference of Imaginary Sea Voyage Imagery to the Spaceship; Thirteen. Posted Missing: Marooned in Wonderland?
Fourteen. By Magic Carpet from the Mundane to the Fabulous: Trans-Oceanic Zeppelins, Flying Boats and Staged Tropical ParadisesConclusion. Through the Looking-Glass and Back Home Again: "World-Building" and the Enduring Appeal of Imaginary Voyages and Realms; Appendix I. Dreamships and Cockleshells: The Vessels of Illusion; Appendix II. A Note on Spiritism, Fantasy, Credibility and Credulity; Selectively Annotated Bibliography; Index
For centuries, humankind has wondered what is "out there" and has embarked on countless voyages to find out. This book traces the history and literature of the imaginary voyage--stories of mariners journeying through uncharted waters to find strange and marvelous sights. Well-told tales of adventurous journeys--The Odyssey, The Aeneid, Gulliver''s Travels, Robinson Crusoe, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea--conjure up images that transcend our mundane landscapes. Through the overlapping spheres of history, geography, cosmography and literary criticism, this book examines the mystique of what lies just over the horizon.
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