A Short History of Fantasy

Some of the earliest books ever written, including The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Odyssey, deal with monsters, marvels, extraordinary voyages, and magic, and this genre, known as fantasy, remained an essential part of European literature ...

A Short History of Fantasy

Some of the earliest books ever written, including The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Odyssey, deal with monsters, marvels, extraordinary voyages, and magic, and this genre, known as fantasy, remained an essential part of European literature through the rise of the modern realist novel. Tracing the history of fantasy from the earliest years through to the origins of modern fantasy in the 20th century, this account discusses contributions decade by decade—from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and Lewis’s Narnia books in the 1950s to J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. It also discusses and explains fantasy’s continuing and growing popularity.

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A Short History of Fantasy
Language: en
Pages: 285
Authors: Farah Mendlesohn, Edward James
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Libri Pub Limited

Some of the earliest books ever written, including The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Odyssey, deal with monsters, marvels, extraordinary voyages, and magic, and this genre, known as fantasy, remained an essential part of European literature through the rise of the modern realist novel. Tracing the history of fantasy from
The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature
Language: en
Pages: 294
Authors: Edward James, Farah Mendlesohn
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-01-26 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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.
Ethics and Form in Fantasy Literature
Language: en
Pages: 261
Authors: Lykke Guanio-Uluru
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-08-10 - Publisher: Springer

Ethics and Form in Fantasy Literature: Tolkien, Rowling and Meyer by Lykke Guanio-Uluru examines formal and ethical aspects of The Lord of the Rings , Harry Potter and the Twilight series in order to discover what best-selling fantasy texts can tell us about the values of contemporary Western culture.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference Index, 1992-1995
Language: en
Pages: 503
Authors: Halbert W. Hall
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 1997 - Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

This ambitious work provides single-point, unified access to some of the most significant books, articles, and news reports in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Entries are arranged in two sections-author (subarranged by title) and subject-and may have up to 50 subject terms assigned. No other reference tool addresses
Imagination and Fantasy in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time
Language: en
Pages: 820
Authors: Albrecht Classen
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-08-24 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

The notions of other peoples, cultures, and natural conditions have always been determined by the epistemology of imagination and fantasy, providing much freedom and creativity, and yet have also created much fear, anxiety, and horror. In this regard, the pre-modern world demonstrates striking parallels with our own insofar as the