ABSTRACT

To distinguish fact from fiction was for a long time the essential motive for geographers interested in literature. Indeed, literature, as a global institution, contains vast amounts of information on the environment and material surroundings within which we live. However, measuring the value of studied material in terms of its factual accuracy was a twisted viewpoint from its very beginnings, and in contemporary literary geography the focus has been more directed at the narrative structures of textual worlds and their inter-relations with the world outside the covers of the book.