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Fantasy : The Liberation of Imagination - Richard Mathews


The Liberation of Imagination

Paperback Published: 2nd January 2002
ISBN: 9780415938907
Number Of Pages: 248

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Using a broad definition of fantasy to include myth, folklore, legend and fairy tale, Mathews shows how fantasy uses the elements of enchantment and the supernatural to explode everyday reality and create profound insights into essential human realities. "Fantasy" gives us an appreciation of the genres roots in antiquity and an understanding of its history. The reader becomes a witness to how it later evolved into a reaction and counterpoint to the tradition realistic rational fiction in western literature. Further, we see how fantasy is related to but distinct from such genres as gothic horror and science fiction.
While giving the reader a solid sense of the genres characteristics and history, Mathews also looks at particular exemplary works like Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle in detail. This text will be of inestimable value to anyone seeking to apprehend the nature and almost unlimited creative possibilities of a genre with a deep history and a long future. A chronology of significant events, works and figures from the genre's history, notes and references and an extensive bibliographic essay with recommended reading round out the volume.

From Antiquity to Infinity: The Development of Modern Fantas
Forging Fantasy Paradigms: Sword Tempered by Water (William Morris's The Well at the World's End
Shaping Modern Fantasy: Cosmic Light and Dark (J. R. R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings
Shining Past and Future: The Persistence of Camelot (T. H. White's The Oce and Future King
Darkening Antiquity: Sword and Sorcery (Robert E. Howard's Conan Series)
Completing the Circle: Language, Power, and Vision (Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle)
Notes and References
Bibliographic Essay
Recommended Titles
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ISBN: 9780415938907
ISBN-10: 0415938902
Series: Genres in Context
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 2nd January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.07  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1