Friday, February 03, 2023

Top ten imaginary journeys in literature

Christy Edwall was born in South Africa in 1985. She has a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford, and her writing has appeared in, Stinging Fly, the Southern Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. She lives in Brighton.

Edwall's new novel is History Keeps Me Awake at Night.

At the Guardian she tagged ten top imaginary journeys in literature, including:
Dracula by Bram Stoker

Stoker’s famous novel contains two acts of speculative travel. The first is his use of the dramatic landscape of the Scottish Highlands to stand in for an imagined Transylvania. The second takes place within Dracula’s castle, as Jonathan Harker discovers when he sees his host’s library with its vast collection of books “all relating to England and English life”. Although he has not managed fully to lose the “strange intonation” of his accent, the count has been reading himself into the London streets as a prelude to his reign of terror.
Read about another entry on the list.

Dracula is on Veronica Bond's list of six great Gothic castles from literature, Aimée Carter's list of ten of the best shapeshifters in fiction, Helen Maslin's ten best list of castles and manors in fiction, John Mullan's list of the ten best coach rides in literature, Rowan Somerville's top ten list of good sex in fiction, Arthur Phillips' list of six favorite books set in places that their authors never visited, and Anthony Browne's six best books list. It is one of the books on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best teeth in literature, ten of the best wolves in literature and ten of the best mirrors in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue