Rhetorics of Fantasy

Rhetorics of Fantasy

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by Farah Mendlesohn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819568686

ISBN-13: 9780819568687

Pub. Date: 04/30/2008

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Transcending arguments over the definition of fantasy literature, Rhetorics of Fantasy introduces a provocative new system of classification for the genre. Utilizing nearly two hundred examples of modern fantasy, author Farah Mendlesohn uses this system to explore how fiction writers construct their fantastic worlds. Mendlesohn posits four categories of

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Transcending arguments over the definition of fantasy literature, Rhetorics of Fantasy introduces a provocative new system of classification for the genre. Utilizing nearly two hundred examples of modern fantasy, author Farah Mendlesohn uses this system to explore how fiction writers construct their fantastic worlds. Mendlesohn posits four categories of fantasy—portal-quest, immersive, intrusion, and liminal—that arise out of the relationship of the protagonist to the fantasy world. Using these sets, Mendlesohn argues that the author’s stylistic decisions are then shaped by the inescapably political demands of the category in which they choose to write. Each chapter covers at least twenty books in detail, ranging from nineteenth-century fantasy and horror to extensive coverage of some of the best books in the contemporary field. Offering a wide-ranging discussion and penetrating comparative analysis, Rhetorics of Fantasy will excite fans and provide a wealth of material for scholarly and classroom discussion.

Includes discussion of works by over 100 authors, including Lloyd Alexander, Peter Beagle, Marion Zimmer Bradley, John Crowley, Stephen R. Donaldson, Stephen King, C. S. Lewis, Gregory Maguire, Robin McKinley, China Miéville, Suniti Namjoshi, Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Sheri S. Tepper, J. R. R. Tolkien, Tad Williams

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819568687
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
530,601
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter One: The Portal-Quest Fantasy
Chapter Two: The Immersive Fantasy
Chapter Three: The Intrusion Fantasy
Chapter Four: The Liminal Fantasy
Chapter Five: “The Irregulars”: Subverting the Taxonomy

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