Limit search to available items
Book Cover

Title The Cambridge companion to fantasy literature / edited by Edward James, Farah Mendlesohn
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
Description xxiv, 268 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Series Cambridge companions to topics.
Contents Introduction / Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn -- Part I. Histories: 1. Fantasy from Dryden to Dunsany / Gary K. Wolfe; 2. Gothic and horror fiction / Adam Roberts; 3. American fantasy, 1820-1950 / Paul Kincaid; 4. The development of children's fantasy / Maria Nikolajeva; 5. Tolkien, Lewis, and the explosion of genre fantasy / Edward James -- Part II. Ways of Reading: 6. Structuralism / Brian Attebery; 7. Psychoanalysis / Andrew M. Butler; 8. Political readings / Mark Bould and Sherryl Vint; 9. Modernism and postmodernism / Jim Casey; 10. Thematic criticism / Farah Mendlesohn; 11. The languages of the fantastic / Greer Gilman; 12. Reading the fantasy series / Kari Maund; 13. Reading the slipstream / Gregory Frost -- Part III. Clusters: 14. Magical realism / Sharon Sieber; 15. Writers of colour / Nnedi Okorafor; 16. Quest fantasies / W.A. Senior; 17. Urban fantasy / Alexander C. Irvine; 18. Dark fantasy and paranormal romance / Roz Kaveney; 19. Modern children's fantasy Catherine Butler; 20. Historical fantasy / Veronica Schanoes; 21. Fantasies of history and religion / Graham Sleight
Summary Fantasy is a creation of the Enlightenment, and the recognition that excitement and wonder can be found in imagining impossible things. From the ghost stories of the Gothic to the zombies and vampires of twenty-first-century popular literature, from Mrs Radcliffe to Ms Rowling, the fantastic has been popular with readers. Since Tolkien and his many imitators, however, it has become a major publishing phenomenon. In this volume, critics and authors of fantasy look at its history since the Enlightenment, introduce readers to some of the different codes for the reading and understanding of fantasy, and examine some of the many varieties and subgenres of fantasy; from magical realism at the more literary end of the genre, to paranormal romance at the more popular end.
Subject Fantasy in literature.
Fantasy literature -- History and criticism.
Fantasy literature, English -- History and criticism.
Fantasy literature, American -- History and criticism.
Fantasy literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
Reading List ALL255 recommended text 2019
Author James, Edward, 1947-
Mendlesohn, Farah.
ISBN 9780521429597 (hbk.)
9780521728737 (paperback)