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The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy…

The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012)

by Edward James (Editor), Farah Mendlesohn (Editor)

Other authors: Brian Attebery (Contributor), Mark Bould (Contributor), Andrew M. Butler (Contributor), Catherine Butler (Contributor), Jim Casey (Contributor)17 more, Gregory Frost (Contributor), Greer Gilman (Contributor), Alexander C. Irvine (Contributor), Edward James (Contributor), Roz Kaveney (Contributor), Paul Kincaid (Contributor), Kari Maund (Contributor), Farah Mendlesohn (Contributor), Maria Nikolajeva (Contributor), Nnedi Okorafor (Contributor), Adam Roberts (Contributor), Veronica Schanoes (Contributor), W.A. Senior (Contributor), Sharon Sieber (Contributor), Graham Sleight (Contributor), Sherryl Vint (Contributor), Gary K. Wolfe (Contributor)

Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature

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an excellent set of essays on various aspects of the fantasy literature, with a very strong historical introduction (apart from a bizarre chapter on children's fantasy), a middle section on various literary approaches to the genre, and a concluding section on various subgenres or "clusters", with a much better chapter on children's fantasy. When I read books like this I want i) a better understanding of books I have already read and ii) suggestions of books I might read in the future which may appeal to me, and I was fully satisfied on both points. In particular I note that many chapters referenced Rosemary Jackson's Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion, which I must now look out for. (Other individuals with more than ten references in the index: King Arthur, Jorge Luis Borges, John Clute, Sigmund Freud, Neil Gaiman, Alan Garner, Elizabeth Hand, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Ursula K. Le Guin, C.S. Lewis, H.P. Lovecraft, George MacDonald, Farah Mendlesohn, China Miéville, Edgar Allan Poe, Philip Pullman, and way in the lead J.R.R. Tolkien.) Strongly recommended. ( )
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Mendlesohn, FarahEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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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 the history of fantasy 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. The book is edited by the same pair who edited The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (winner of a Hugo Award in 2005).

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