Dystopia Above, Utopia Below Exchange of Meaning Between Spaces in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

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My proposed paper takes Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere as its main subject and aims to show how the story uses the concept of urban space and fantasy under the light of the quest motif in order to demonstrate how the perception of spaces change attached to the individual’s personal development as expected from the journey of the protagonist. London with its uncanny other characterizes the function of the city in this quest while also illustrating different spaces in which the individual deems as utopic and dystopic in their discourse. Protagonist's adventure takes place in an unusual and unpredictable space where everything is identical to London he knows and yet everything that does not define the same London. With the theme of compare and contrast, the narrative provides us with different perspectives and with what is provided this paper aims to show how the meaning of spaces change within this fantastic journey and how the exchangeable definitions of two different Londons shift between meanings as utopic and dystopic spaces.


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YILDIZ, T. (2019). Dystopia Above, Utopia Below. Journal of English Language and Literature Club, 1(2), 40-44. Retrieved from https://dergi.ingilizedebiyati.net/cuidek/article/view/96


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