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From East to West

The Portrayal of Nature in British Fantasy and its Projection in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Western American "Earthsea"

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Martin Simonson and Jon Alkorta Martiartu

The portrayal of nature in the genre of fantasy fiction, from the Middle Ages to more modern times, has been conditioned by the diverging social, political and historical contexts. This book seeks to disclose how the natural world has been depicted within this genre during different periods, drawing a comparison between the British tradition of fantasy literature and Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea cycle. Le Guin adheres to the general traits of the genre up to a point, but as a woman of the 20th century living in the American West, her works also deviate from the received tradition in many significant ways.

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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

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Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet

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This essay has been completed under the auspices of the research group

REWEST, funded by the Basque Government (IT-1026-16), and by the research

Project “NEW WESTS: EL OESTE AMERICANO EN LA LITERATURA, EL CINE Y

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