This group of texts concerns literary worlds or places that are defined in terms of absence. Chronotopically, they concern being cut off, remote in time and space from a particular site, and are also likely to be centred on tropes of exile and upon the contrast between past and present or memories of the past. This may be literal - as in the sense of ecological loss redolent in John Clare's verse - or personal and subjective, as in the nostalgic recollections of the sites of childhood of J M Barrie's Peter Pan texts. Frequently, though, private loss (registered spatially through exile or migration, and temporally through maturity) and collective loss bleed into each other. The movement of exile implies a spatial displacement from homeland, but it also implies temporal change. While transfer to a new place is marked by a literal passage of time, settlement in the diaspora also signifies the entrance of a new temporal phase of life.