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1: Lived Space and Society

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    26291
    • 1.1: Cave and Cosmos
      Sacred spaces, both buildings (such as temples and churches) and certain natural sites (such as groves and caves) are places where divinity is often felt to be present. Persons entering them can have the impression that they come into closer contact with a divine presence. This non-rational experience involving wonder or amazement, aesthetic enjoyment or mystical rapture, has been characterised in various ways.
    • 1.2: Space and Myth
      In spite of what the term seems to suggest, literary space is far from a static, monolithic, or straightforward phenomenon. In the living universe of the novel, space more often defines an experience than simply providing a backdrop. It is marked by a myriad of associations and meanings in the past, present, and future. Taking this observation as its starting point, the present article aims to suggest guidelines for differentiating between the associations and meanings that color literary space.

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