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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: June 2020

5 - Playspace: Spatialising Children’s Fiction


Chapter Five explores the spatial dimensions of Children’s Fiction, arguing that the explicit presence of the map in many canonical texts signals the importance of place and space for the genre and that a specific form of bounded space between adult and child (playspace) emerges. This space is essential for the literary representation of childhood to function positively. The spatial play that this enables is exemplified in Arthur Ransome’s Lake District Series whilst the – equally powerful – negation of playspace is embodied in Peter Pan. (84)