Basic Categories of Fantastic Literature Revisited

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Andrzej Wicher, Piotr Spyra, Joanna Matyjaszczyk
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 19 lis 2014 - 199
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A unique collection of essays on selected aspects of science-fiction, fantasy and broadly understood fantastic literature, unified by a highly theoretical focus, this volume offers an overview of the most important theories pertaining to the field of the fantastic, such as Tzvetan Todorov’s definition of the term itself, J.R.R. Tolkien’s essay ‘On Fairy Stories,’ and the concept of ‘Gothic space’. The composition and order of the chapters provide the reader with a systematic overview of major theoretical perspectives and serve as an accessible introduction to the topic of fantastic literature.

The book combines reflection on various genres such as fantasy, science fiction, horror, Gothic writing, and even drama, offering a comprehensive overview of the fantastic across generic lines. The authors whose works are addressed by the volume’s twelve chapters include some of the most popular household names in fantastic literature, such as H.P. Lovecraft, George R.R. Martin, Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman. In addition, the volume also includes readings of contemporary fantastic literature against the backdrop of world literature classics, such as Homeric poetry, Edmund Spenser and the drama of the English Renaissance.

 

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INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER ONE
8
CHAPTER TWO
25
CHAPTER THREE
42
CHAPTER FOUR
57
CHAPTER FIVE
72
CHAPTER SIX
91
CHAPTER SEVEN
104
CHAPTER EIGHT
115
CHAPTER NINE
127
CHAPTER TEN
144
CHAPTER ELEVEN
161
CHAPTER TWELVE
172
CONTRIBUTORS
188
INDEX OF NAMES
192
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Andrej Wicher is Full Professor in the Institute of English Studies of the University of Łódź, where he teaches medieval and early modern English literature. He is the author of Selected Medieval and Religious Themes in the Works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (2013).

Piotr Spyra is Assistant Professor in the Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature at the University of Łódź, where he teaches medieval and early modern English literature. He is the author of The Epistemological Perspective of the Pearl-Poet (2014).

Joanna Matyjaszczyk is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature at the University of Łódź, and is a co-editor of the journal Analyses/Rereadings/Theories.

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