Now with a name …
On a somewhat more personal note:
As of yesterday, my Ph.D. thesis has an official name: ”Writing Worlds, Reading Landscapes: An Exploration of Settings in Fantasy”. For those of you who don’t know, it is a study of what we can learn about fantasy stories by reading them with their settings in focus. The four chapters look at maps, borders, the nature-culture relation, and direct links between rulers and their realms. I look at for instance Tolkien, Pratchett, Holdstock, Miéville, de Lint, McKillip, Powers, Goldstein, Nix, and Brust.
My final seminar is set to mid-June, and I defend the thesis in mid-October. Right now, I am trying to wrap up the conclusion. (This little project has been one reason for things having been somewhat slow on this blog for a few months – so much other writing to do …)