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One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Ursula K. le Guin, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine l'Engle and Orson Scott Card / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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This work presents the genre of mythopoeic fantasy from a holistic perspective, arguing that this central genre of fantasy literature is largely misunderstood as a result of decades of incomplete and reductionist literary studies. The author asserts that mythopoeic fantasy is not only the most complete literary expression of a worldview based on the existence of supernatural or spiritual powers but that the genre is in a unique position to transform social consciousness with a renewed emphasis on anticipating the future. The author lays out theoretical foundations for his argument in the first four chapters and then demonstrates how the works of fantasy authors Ursula K. LeGuin, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L’Engle, and Orson Scott Card exemplify his argument in the remaining four chapters.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Series:||Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy , #6|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)|
Table of ContentsTable of Contents
Foreword by Brian Attebery 1
1. The Confusion over Fantasy and the Confusions of the Theoretical Era 13
2. Reductionist and Holistic Criticisms in a Battle of Worldviews 39
3. Mythopoeic Fantasy as a Modern Genre 65
4. Twentieth-Century Rehabilitation of Myth and the Search for a New Story 91
5. Rediscovering Harmony: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Sequence (1964–2001) 118
6. Bridging the Past with the Future: Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles (1964–1973) 144
7. Integrating Science and Spirituality: Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quartet (1962–1986) 171
8. Reconnecting with Nature: Orson Scott Card’s Tales of Alvin Maker (1987–2003) 198
Chapter Notes 229
Works Cited 245