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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 Mieville, Suniti Namjoshi, Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Sheri S. Tepper, J. R. R. Tolkien, Tad Williams

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Half Title
  2. pp. 2-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. 6-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxv
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  1. 1. The Portal-Quest Fantasy
  2. pp. 1-58
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  1. 2. The Immersive Fantasy
  2. pp. 59-113
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  1. 3. The Intrusion Fantasy
  2. pp. 114-181
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  1. 4. The Liminal Fantasy
  2. pp. 182-245
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  1. 5. “The Irregulars”: Subverting the Taxonomy
  2. pp. 246-272
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 273-303
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 275-284
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 285-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-306
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819573919
Print ISBN
9780819568670
MARC Record
OCLC
826659839
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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