Géographie : la fiction "au cœur"

Abstract : This paper explores the highly diverse relations between fiction and geography (some of which are explored in this issue of the Annales de géographie). The authors propose to consider three types of interrelation. First literature, cinema, video-games are the medium through which most people discover the world and its spaces they do not physically experience. Second, fiction also influences our perceptions of spaces and places. To quote Edward Soja our spaces are always “real and imagined”, we know them simultaneously through experience and imaginary settings produced by works of fiction. Last, but not least, authors of fiction are also geographers in their own way ; they often do what humanistic geography was trying to achieve, describe the human experience of space and therefore contribute to understanding it better. For all these reasons, the authors argue here that the study of fiction should not be considered as a marginal activity for geographers, but should be central in the discipline, close to its “heart”.
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Henri Desbois, Philippe Gervais-Lambony, Alain Musset. Géographie : la fiction "au cœur". Annales de géographie, Armand Colin, 2016, pp.235--245. ⟨10.3917/ag.709.0235 ⟩. ⟨hal-01640554⟩

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