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From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy
     

From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy

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by Matthew Dickerson
 

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The allure of fantasy continues to grow with film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. But how should Christians approach modern works of fantasy, especially debated points such as magic and witches?

From Homer to Harry Potter provides the historical background readers need to understand this timeless genre

Overview

The allure of fantasy continues to grow with film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. But how should Christians approach modern works of fantasy, especially debated points such as magic and witches?

From Homer to Harry Potter provides the historical background readers need to understand this timeless genre. It explores the influence of biblical narrative, Greek mythology, and Arthurian legend on modern fantasy and reveals how the fantastic offers profound insights into truth. The authors draw from a Christian viewpoint informed by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien to assess modern authors such as Philip Pullman, Walter Wangerin, and J. K. Rowling.

This accessible book guides undergraduate students, pastors, and lay readers to a more astute and rewarding reading of all fantasy literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441202147
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
449 KB

Meet the Author

Matthew Dickerson (Ph.D., Cornell University) is a computer science professor at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and author of Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings, The Finnsburg Encounter, and Hammers and Nails.

David O'Hara (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) is assistant professor of philosophy and instructor in classical Greek at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is coeditor of the forthcoming Religious Writings of Charles S. Peirce.
Matthew Dickerson (PhD, Cornell University) is professor of computer science and environmental studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and a popular speaker on Tolkien. He directs the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf and is the author of From Homer to Harry Potter; The Mind and the Machine; Narnia and the Fields of Arbol; and Ents, Elves, and Eriador.
David O'Hara (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) is assistant professor of philosophy and instructor in classical Greek at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is coeditor of the forthcoming Religious Writings of Charles S. Peirce.

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From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Chuck2011 More than 1 year ago
Interesting overview of several Chritian writers' works of fantasy, along with some uncertain or even anti-Christian (eg, Pullman). Relies heavily on Tolkien's theories and philsophy. Overall enjoyable read, though authors show a lack of understanding of science fiction (topic being fantasy, this is a minor point). Good digitization, though some words show hyphenation errors.
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