Classifying Legendary Lands

Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer, published The Book of Legendary Lands in 2013. He explains that there’s a difference between lands of legendary illusion and lands of fictional verity.

Lands of fictional verity are imagined and fictional, but located in the real world. These stories are set in real places that we can recognize. They are mapped in the ‘real world.’

Lands of legendary illusion are imagined and fictional, and not located in the real world. These stories are set in completely invented worlds. They are mapped in ‘made up’ settings. When we were undecided, we put places in the middle.

These are the maps we looked at. See if you agree! They weren’t always easy to categorize.

p.s.: the moon landing and love were added as a joke to the made up side after our activity. It’s always fun finding these little surprises that make you laugh after the students have gone and you’re tidying up!

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