Edelman uses the word "sheltering" in reference to the role of fantasy in our lives.
Oxford English Dictionary identifies "sheltering" as: Something that shelters, meaning "To screen from pursuit, attack, blows, etc.".
I like the way that Edelman uses this word "sheltering", letting us know that the sheltering aspect is there to set a frame-work for us to understand fantasy. That fantasy is meant to shock you a bit, however, by setting up the boundaries or "sheltering" within fantasy helps people feel connected to it. In our own lives, think of how parents attempt to "shelter" children from the real world so that they will learn the framework of a successful life so that when the eventually go out into the real world they will see what falls within the framework set up.
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