The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature

Examines the history of fantasy literature from its origins during the Enlightenment to the present, discussing its major themes and codes, writing and reading strategies, subgenres, and noteworthy writers.

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Author: Edward James

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521429597

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

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Examines the history of fantasy literature from its origins during the Enlightenment to the present, discussing its major themes and codes, writing and reading strategies, subgenres, and noteworthy writers.

The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature

This book puts this publishing phenomenon in a historical context, suggests different ways of reading and appreciating this literature, and examines some of its varieties and subgenres.

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Since Tolkien, Pratchett, Rowling, Pullman and Meyer, fantasy literature has become one of the most popular genres in the English-speaking world. This book puts this publishing phenomenon in a historical context, suggests different ways of reading and appreciating this literature, and examines some of its varieties and subgenres.

Children s Fantasy Literature

The volume considers changing views on both the nature of the child and on the appropriateness of fantasy for the child reader, the role of children's fantasy literature in helping to develop the imagination, and its complex interactions ...

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Author: Michael Levy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316483138

Category: Literary Criticism

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Fantasy has been an important and much-loved part of children's literature for hundreds of years, yet relatively little has been written about it. Children's Fantasy Literature traces the development of the tradition of the children's fantastic - fictions specifically written for children and fictions appropriated by them - from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century, examining the work of Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum, C. S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, J. K. Rowling and others from across the English-speaking world. The volume considers changing views on both the nature of the child and on the appropriateness of fantasy for the child reader, the role of children's fantasy literature in helping to develop the imagination, and its complex interactions with issues of class, politics and gender. The text analyses hundreds of works of fiction, placing each in its appropriate context within the tradition of fantasy literature.

The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature

Jackson, Rosemary. Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion (London: Methuen, 1981). James, Edward and Mendlesohn, Farah (eds.). The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Jameson, Fredric.

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Author: Edward James

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107493735

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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Fantasy is a creation of the Enlightenment, and the recognition that excitement and wonder can be found in imagining impossible things. From the ghost stories of the Gothic to the zombies and vampires of twenty-first-century popular literature, from Mrs Radcliffe to Ms Rowling, the fantastic has been popular with readers. Since Tolkien and his many imitators, however, it has become a major publishing phenomenon. In this volume, critics and authors of fantasy look at its history since the Enlightenment, introduce readers to some of the different codes for the reading and understanding of fantasy, and examine some of the many varieties and subgenres of fantasy; from magical realism at the more literary end of the genre, to paranormal romance at the more popular end. The book is edited by the same pair who produced The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (winner of a Hugo Award in 2005).

Cry Murder in a Small Voice

London, 1603. Ben Jonson, playwright, poet, satirist . . . detective? Someone is murdering choir boys and Jonson, in the way that only Greer Gilman could write him — "Fie, poetastery." — is compelled to investigate.

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Author: Greer Gilman

Publisher: Small Beer Press

ISBN: 9781618730787

Category: Fiction

Page: 60

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Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. London, 1603. Ben Jonson, playwright, poet, satirist . . . detective? Someone is murdering choir boys and Jonson, in the way that only Greer Gilman could write him — "Fie, poetastery." — is compelled to investigate.

The Pleasant Profession of Robert A Heinlein

In this major critical study, Hugo Award-winner Farah Mendlesohn carries out a close reading of Heinlein’s work, including unpublished stories, essays, and speeches.

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Author: Farah Mendlesohn

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 9781783526802

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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Robert A. Heinlein began publishing in the 1940s at the dawn of the Golden Age of science fiction, and today he is considered one of the genre's 'big three' alongside Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov. His short stories were instrumental in developing its structure and rhetoric, while novels such as Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers demonstrated that such writing could be a vehicle for political argument. Heinlein’s influence remains strong, but his legacy is fiercely contested. His vision of the future was sometimes radical, sometimes deeply conservative, and arguments have flared up recently about which faction has the most significant claim on his ideas. In this major critical study, Hugo Award-winner Farah Mendlesohn carries out a close reading of Heinlein’s work, including unpublished stories, essays, and speeches. It sets out not to interpret a single book, but to think through the arguments Heinlein made over a lifetime about the nature of science fiction, about American politics, and about himself.

Race and Popular Fantasy Literature

Fantasy Faction, 2012. http://fantasyfaction.com/2012/paintingwithgreythedevelopmentandpopularityofgrittyfantasy. Irvine, Alexander C. “Urban Fantasy.” In The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, edited by Edward James and Farah ...

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Author: Helen Young

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317532163

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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This book illuminates the racialized nature of twenty-first century Western popular culture by exploring how discourses of race circulate in the Fantasy genre. It examines not only major texts in the genre, but also the impact of franchises, industry, editorial and authorial practices, and fan engagements on race and representation. Approaching Fantasy as a significant element of popular culture, it visits the struggles over race, racism, and white privilege that are enacted within creative works across media and the communities which revolve around them. While scholars of Science Fiction have explored the genre’s racialized constructs of possible futures, this book is the first examination of Fantasy to take up the topic of race in depth. The book’s interdisciplinary approach, drawing on Literary, Cultural, Fan, and Whiteness Studies, offers a cultural history of the anxieties which haunt Western popular culture in a century eager to declare itself post-race. The beginnings of the Fantasy genre’s habits of whiteness in the twentieth century are examined, with an exploration of the continuing impact of older problematic works through franchising, adaptation, and imitation. Young also discusses the major twenty-first century sub-genres which both re-use and subvert Fantasy conventions. The final chapter explores debates and anti-racist praxis in authorial and fan communities. With its multi-pronged approach and innovative methodology, this book is an important and original contribution to studies of race, Fantasy, and twenty-first century popular culture.

The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen

A collection of essays covering many different aspects of literature on screen.

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Author: Deborah Cartmell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521614863

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 273

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A collection of essays covering many different aspects of literature on screen.

The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction

This Companion explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience.

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Author: Gerry Canavan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107052468

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

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This Companion explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience.

Ethics and Form in Fantasy Literature

Hume, Kathryn (1984) Fantasy and Mimesis, Responses to Reality in Western Literature (New York and London: Methuen). Hursthouse, Rosalind (2001) On Virtue ... The Cambridge Companion to Narrative (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

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Author: Lykke Guanio-Uluru

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137469694

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 261

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Ethics and Form in Fantasy Literature: Tolkien, Rowling and Meyer by Lykke Guanio-Uluru examines formal and ethical aspects of The Lord of the Rings , Harry Potter and the Twilight series in order to discover what best-selling fantasy texts can tell us about the values of contemporary Western culture.

Children s Fantasy Literature

Children's Fantasy Literature traces the development of the tradition of the children's fantastic – fictions ... History of Fantasy (2009) and co-editor of the hugo award winning The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (Cambridge, ...

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Author: Michael Levy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107018143

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 280

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A comprehensive study of children's fantasy literature across the English-speaking world, from the sixteenth century to the present.

Transitions and Dissolving Boundaries in the Fantastic

The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature. Ed. Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 113–124. “Dragonsdale”. Wikipedia. 13 Feb. 2013. Frost, Robert. “Mending Wall”.

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Author: Christine Lötscher

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643801852

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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By creating hybrid zones of autonomy, the 'fantastic' - a subgenre of literary works - provides alternatives to conventional understandings of the world, knowledge, or identity. The fantastic raises a number of significant questions about cultural and social developments, and challenges existing boundaries. With regard to fantastic fiction in literature and different media representations, the articles in this volume explore: crossings into other worlds, time travel, metamorphoses, hybrid creatures, and a variety of other transitions and transgressions. The book analyzes hybrid genres, inter-media adaptations, transpositions into new media, as well as various forms of crossover as exemplified in the increasing trend of generation-spanning all-age literature. (Series: Research in the Fantastic / Fantastikforschung - Vol. 2)

The Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction

An overview of popular literature from the early nineteenth century to the present day from a historical and comparative perspective.

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Author: David Glover

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521513371

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 225

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An overview of popular literature from the early nineteenth century to the present day from a historical and comparative perspective.

The Cambridge Companion to Dracula

This celebrated Gothic novel is explored through essays providing critical, historical, anthropological, philosophical and intellectual contexts that serve to further the understanding and appreciation of Dracula in all its many guises.

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Author: Roger Luckhurst

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107153172

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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This celebrated Gothic novel is explored through essays providing critical, historical, anthropological, philosophical and intellectual contexts that serve to further the understanding and appreciation of Dracula in all its many guises. Together the essays offer exciting new critical approaches to the most famous vampire in literature and film.

Fantasy Literature and Christianity

Faith Journey Through Fantasy Lands: A Christian Dialogue with Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings. ... From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy. ... The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature.

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Author: Weronika Łaszkiewicz

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476634838

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 223

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The debate surrounding the Christian aspects of C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter has revealed not only the prominence of religious themes in fantasy fiction, but also readers' concerns over portrayals of religion in fantasy. Yet while analyses of these works fill many volumes, other fantasy series have received much less attention. This critical study explores the fantastic religions and religious themes in American and Canadian works by Stephen R. Donaldson (Chronicles of Thomas Covenant), Guy Gavriel Kay (Fionavar Tapestry), Celia S. Friedman (Coldfire Trilogy), and Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn). References to biblical tradition and Christian teachings reveal these writers' overall approach to Christianity and the relationship between Christianity and the fantasy genre.

The Cambridge Companion to the Twentieth Century English Novel

The essays examine the endurance of modernist style throughout the century, the role of nationality and the contested role of the English language in all its forms, and the relationships between realism and other fictional modes: fantasy, ...

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Author: Robert L. Caserio

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139828338

Category: Literary Criticism

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The twentieth-century English novel encompasses a vast body of work, and one of the most important and most widely read genres of literature. Balancing close readings of particular novels with a comprehensive survey of the last century of published fiction, this Companion introduces readers to more than a hundred major and minor novelists. It demonstrates continuities in novel-writing that bridge the century's pre- and post-War halves and presents leading critical ideas about English fiction's themes and forms. The essays examine the endurance of modernist style throughout the century, the role of nationality and the contested role of the English language in all its forms, and the relationships between realism and other fictional modes: fantasy, romance, science fiction. Students, scholars and readers will find this Companion an indispensable guide to the history of the English novel.

The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction

Urban fantasy is a separate genre that is not constrained by the romance expectation of a happily ever after (HEA) at ... In The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012), Alexander C. Irvine shows his contempt for such works: ...

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Author: Jayashree Kamblé

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317041948

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 566

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Popular romance fiction constitutes the largest segment of the global book market. Bringing together an international group of scholars, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction offers a ground-breaking exploration of this global genre and its remarkable readership. In recognition of the diversity of the form, the Companion provides a history of the genre, an overview of disciplinary approaches to studying romance fiction, and critical analyses of important subgenres, themes, and topics. It also highlights new and understudied avenues of inquiry for future research in this vibrant and still-emerging field. The first systematic, comprehensive resource on romance fiction, this Companion will be invaluable to students and scholars, and accessible to romance readers.

Twenty First Century Popular Fiction

James, Edward, 'Tolkien, Lewis and the Explosion of Genre Fantasy', in James and Mendlesohn (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012), pp. 62–78. James, Edward and Farah Mendlesohn (eds), The Cambridge Companion to ...

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Author: Bernice M. Murphy

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474414869

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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This groundbreaking collection provides students with a timely and accessible overview of current trends within contemporary popular fiction.

The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature

This Companion offers the first systematic analysis of the body in literature, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

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Author: David Hillman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107048096

Category: Art

Page: 288

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This Companion offers the first systematic analysis of the body in literature, from the Middle Ages to the present day.