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Fantastic Literature A Critical Reader

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ISBN-10: 0275980537

ISBN-13: 9780275980535

Edition: 2004

Authors: David Sandner

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Unprecedented in range and scope, this volume serves as a record of and reference for the development of fantasy literature. Working to be inclusive, rather than exclusive, opening a dialogue wherever possible, Sandner presents the full range of debates concerning the fantastic and its relationship to the sublime, the Gothic, children's literature, romance and comedy, and the purposes of imaginative literature. Introductions to each essay, presented in full or excerpted for the most relevant commentary, situate the reader in the history of fantasy literature and the criticism it has inspired. New and important here are the claims for the early development of fantasy literature from the 18th century sublime. Previous histories of the genre regard Romanticism as a limit, but this reader draws from 18th, 19th, 20th, and even 21st century texts, revealing the unimagined scope of the field and developing a "map" of its early history for the first time. This important new volume presents, ultimately, the development of critical debates about the fantastic and its relationship to literature generally.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 6/30/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Phaedrus (388-366 B.C.)
The Poetics (c. 334-323 B.C.)
An Apology for Poetry (1595)
"The Fairy Way of Writing" (1712)
Letters on Chivalry and Romance (1762)
On the Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror (1773)
Letter (1797) and Biographia Literaria (1817)
On the Supernatural in Poetry (1826)
On the Supernatural in Fictitious Composition (1827)
Frauds on the Fairies (1853)
Fairy Stories (1868)
The Fantastic Imagination (1890)
Fairy Tales (1908)
The Uncanny (1919)
Introduction to Supernatural Horror in Literature (1927)
Critics (1956)
The Mythos of Summer: Romance (1957)
Characteristics of Genre and Plot Composition in Dostoevsky's Works (1963)
Definitions of Territory: Fantasy (1970)
The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre (1970)
From Elfland to Poughkeepsie (1973)
Introduction to Modern Fantasy (1975)
The Fantastic and Fantasy (1976)
The Evolution of a Word (1979)
Magical Narratives: On the Dialectical Use of Genre Criticism (1981)
The Encounter with Fantasy (1982)
Clinamen: Towards a Theory of Fantasy (1982)
Literary Fantasy and Ecological Comedy (1985)
"Fantasy" from Critical Terms for Science Fiction and Fantasy (1986)
Prelude: Nameless Things and Thingless Names (1987)
Fantasy as Mode, Genre, Formula (1992)
"Fantasy" from The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Joseph Addison: The First Critic of the Fantastic (2000)
Fabling to the Near Night (2000)
Marxism and Fantasy: An Introduction (2002)
Index