Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature

ISBN-10: 0521728738
ISBN-13: 9780521728737
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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 the history of fantasy 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 edited The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (winner of a Hugo Award in 2005).

Note on the contributors
Chronology
Introduction
Histories
Fantasy from Dryden to Dunsany
Gothic and horror fiction
American fantasy 1820-1950
The development of children's fantasy
Tolkien, Lewis and the explosion of genre fantasy
Ways of Reading
Structuralism
Psychoanalysis
Political readings
Modernism and postmodernism
Thematic criticism
The languages of the fantastic
Reading the fantasy series
Reading the slipstream
Clusters
Magical realism
Writers of colour
Quest fantasies
Urban fantasy
Dark fantasy and paranormal romance
Modern children's fantasy
Historical fantasy
Fantasies of history and religion
Further reading
Index

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