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(Middle Ages) an imaginary land of luxury and idleness

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As in a child's fairy tale, nothing in the shops of Cockaigne requires money to possess; everything is free.
Such alluring images of abundance, while seeming to confirm the conflation of cockaigne with America, can be seen not as evidence of poor Europeans' credulousness but of their skepticism and sense of humor.
18) For a definition of the Cockaigne utopia and the observation that its provision of plenty has the potential of translation into excess and disorder, see Kumar (1991, 18).
From the big rock candy mountain to the land of Cockaigne.
By claiming a right to the promise of the west as a Garden of Eden, a mythic Land of Cockaigne, Betts' novel follows a questing pattern in women's road narratives--a yearning for a better place that is frustrated by the realization that moving to a place "beyond" social realities is impossible, but that these realities can be challenged and changed if you "keep moving" where you are out of place (Massey 1994, 11).
Although she mistrusts him, he promises to take her to the Land of Cockaigne, a medieval version of the modern utopia (956-60).
Certainly, the nation's obsession with cowboy movies--those titles that create the illusion that somewhere out there, as the songster promises, looms an ethereal Cockaigne full of land, lots of land, under starry skies at night--remains firm.
See also my article 'Feeding Utopian Desires: Examples of the Cockaigne Legacy in French Literary Utopias', Nottingham French Studies, vol.
That is to say, the reality of the Indo-Spanish city's wealth and good climate melded with the image of abundance, longevity, and pleasant leisure--tierra de Jauja in Spanish, terre de Cocaigne to the French, Cockaigne to the English, or Cuccagna to the Italians--a legend that spread in Spain and in all of Europe.
Their topics include mapping the Middle Ages, monsters at the Earth's imagined corners, imaginary journeys among the Celts, and the Land of Cockaigne in the far west of Spain.
Young Dutch violinist Janine Jansen is the soloist in Mendelssohn's popular Violin Concerto in E minor, which is followed by Elgar's colourful tour of Old London Town, Cockaigne.
26) To give two simple examples; a persistent folktale theme concerns a world no longer hostile to the fulfillment of desire and passion, as seen most simply in tales of Cockaigne or Luilekkerland.
The old texts glittered with gold leaf and painted swans, the worn parchment still bright with the promise of good news in the City of Ladies or the Kingdom of Prester John, and most of the objects in the display--lovingly illuminated Bibles once possessed by a duke of Mantua or a princess in Bruges, an engraving of Albrecht Durer's, the original copy of Voltaire's Candide--were as rare and strange as the reports, from the medieval lands of Cockaigne, of mountains of grated cheese and roasted birds falling from the sky like rain.
The first great awakeners of mind," he asserts, "seem to be the wants of the body": those stimuli to action satisfied too effortlessly in paradise and its utopian simulacra where, in more picturesque folk versions like Schlaraffia and Cockaigne, ripe fruit falls softly into open mouths and fish jump from streams into frying pans, turning themselves over when done on one side.