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Fractal Literature

A fractal is a never-ending pattern that repeats itself at different scales. While they are a mathematical concept, fractals are found in literature, both as an intentional structure and as a fascinating byproduct

Image of a fractal

Contents of the Guide

A fractal is a never-ending pattern that repeats itself at different scales: when each fragment is expanded, the structure resembles the whole. While true fractals are the result of the repetition of certain mathematical functions, fractals can also be seen in a number of natural occurrences. These natural fractals are often the easiest to visualize. For instance, the shape of an oak tree is formed by the trunk branching in two distinct limbs, and then each branch thereafter repeatedly splits off into two more. Thus, when you look only at one branch and the next set of twigs, the section resembles the whole original tree

This guide presents an introduction to resources about Fractal Literature. It will lead you to resources about fractals themselves, both basic and more technical. The guide then provides resources that look at works that intentionally work fractals into their structure and/or theme. The guide also looks at various studies that have found fractal structure in existing works. Lastly, there is a page that gives helpful tips on where to continue your research.