Rhetorics of Fantasy
By (author) Farah Mendlesohn
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Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn
Book DescriptionTranscending 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 Mieville, Suniti Namjoshi, Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Sheri S. Tepper, J. R. R. Tolkien, Tad Williams
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780819568687
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Farah Mendlesohn
Children's Fantasy Literature, Hardback (April 2016)
A comprehensive study of children's fantasy literature across the English-speaking world, from the sixteenth century to the present.
Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, Hardback (January 2012)
This is the first introduction to the whole field of modern fantasy literature in the English-speaking world.
Diana Wynne Jones, Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Farah Mendlesohn
First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Author Biography - Farah Mendlesohn
FARAH MENDLESOHN teaches at Middlesex University, London. She was the editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction for six years, and is the author of Diana Wynne Jones and the Children's Fantastical Tradition (2005) and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2006), winner of a Hugo Award. She is the program director for the World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal in 2009.
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