New PDF release: Alternative Worlds in Fantasy Fiction (Continuum Collection,

By Peter Hunt, Lenz

This publication presents an illuminating advisor to literature that creates replacement worlds for younger readers. targeting the paintings of Ursula Le Guin, Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman, the ebook considers either the style of 'alternative worlds' and the uniqueness of those authors' texts, together with Philip Pullman's The Amber Sypglass. Peter Hunt is Pofessor of English at Cardiff college. Millicent Lenz is affiliate Professor on the kingdom college of recent York at Albany.

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In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000) intertextuality is inevitable, and managed intelligently - perhaps because, unlike many adult fantasies, it is essentially positive - even if it appears to be built upon regressive elements such as the school story and a sexist popularculture hierarchy. The books' knowingness goes beyond intertextuality; their preoccupation, for example with levels of knowledge and surveillance, reflects very accurately the world of their readers.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings celebrate the success of the little person, the powerless who upset the counsels of the great - as a metaphor for Englishness of a kind, it is very potent. And yet its lack of passion - the kind of passion that lurks in 'Alice' or Teter Pan', or the Pooh books - remains a weakness for many readers. Much 'high' fantasy operates in a pagan, unredeemed world; but, one might think, given that fantasy generally has a purpose, then what better purpose might there be than the celebration of religious faith, rather than the voyeuristic position of watching imaginary religions at work?

1975) Morphology of the Folk Tale (trans. L. Scott), Austin: University of Texas Press. Pullman, P. (1998) 'Let's write it in red: the Patrick Hardy Lecture', Signal, 85: 44-62. Rabkin, E. S. (1976) The Fantastic in Literature, Princeton: Princeton INTRODUCTION: FANTASY AND ALTERNATIVE WORLDS 39 University Press. Rose, J. (1984) The Case of Peter Pan, London: Macmillan. Salway, L. ) (1976) A Peculiar Gift: Nineteenth Century Writings on Books for Children, Harmondsworth: Kestrel (Penguin). Schlobin, R.

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