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Fantasy : The Literature of Subversion - Rosemary Jackson


The Literature of Subversion

Paperback Published: 4th January 2002
ISBN: 9780415025621
Number Of Pages: 134

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This study argues against vague interpretations of fantasy as mere escapism and seeks to define it as a distinct kind of narrative. A general theoretical section introduces recent work on fantasy, notably Tzventan Todorov's The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre (1973). Dr Jackson, however, extends Todorov's ideas to include aspects of psychoanalytical theory. Seeing fantasy as primarily an expression of unconscious drives, she stresses the importance of the writings of Freud and subsequent theorists when analysing recurrent themes, such as doubling or multiplying selves, mirror images, metamorphosis and bodily disintegration. Gothic fiction, classic Victorian fantasies, the 'fantastic realism' of Dickens and Dostoevsky, tales by Mary Shelley, James Hogg, E.T.A. Hoffmann, George Eliot, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, R.L. Stevenson, Franz Kafka, Mervyn Peake and Thomas Pynchon are among the texts covered. Through a reading of these frequently disquieting works, Dr Jackson moves towards a definition of fantasy expressing cultural unease. These issues are discussed in relation to a wide range of fantasies with varying images of desire and disenchantment.

ISBN: 9780415025621
ISBN-10: 0415025621
Series: New Accents
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 134
Published: 4th January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.29 x 14.73  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1