Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 282.
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Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 07:10:43 +0100
From: "Al Magary" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: 16.277 the archaeological imagination?
English novelist Margaret Drabble, who also edited the Oxford Companion to
English Literature, devotes more than a few pages in her _The Realms of
Gold_ (1975) to exploring the archaeological imagination. Her heroine is
Frances Wingate, an independent archaeologist with worldwide fame by her
mid-30s. In her late 20s she was both lucky and intuitive enough to have
found the site of a (fictional) Sahara trade town. See Part One in
particular; in my Penguin edition (1977), a description of how she found
the site starts on p. 33.
Later on, in revisiting (excavating) her own relationships and her family's
history, she exercises that imagination in the (fictional) town of Tockley,
Lincs. Anyone interested in travel literature will be delighted by the
recounting of her visit to the town and exploration of a cottage in the
fens, starting on p. 103.
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