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Imaginary Europe: Space, Time, and Language in Ursula K. Le Guin\'s Orsinian Cycle
This study explores the Orsinian cycle of the American writer Ursula K. Le Guin. The cycle consists of a novel Malafrena (1979), eleven stories in a collection The Orsinian Tales (1976), separate stories Two Delays on the Northern Line (1979), Unlocking the Air (1990), and three songs. The overall goal of this study is to demonstrate the unity of the cycle's works at the spatial, temporal, and linguistic levels. In order to achieve that goal, the author of the paper investigates unifying motifs, symbols, themes, and Orsinian borders and inner conflicts; draws attention to the perception of time in the cycle and violations of the chronology. Orsinian language creates another connection between Orsinian works, it outlines the fictional space. The language is represented mostly by phrases, toponyms, and anthroponyms. The study considers the origins of the Orsinian words in their connection with European languages and analyses the ideological role of the language. The analysis based on existing but few studies about Orsinia most fully shows the organization of the fictional space and connections between the stories and the novel.