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Strategies of Fantasy

Brian Attebery



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22 March 1992
Literature: history & criticism; Literary theory; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Fantasy Literary Criticism
Brian Attebery's strategy of fantasy include not only the writer's strategies for inventing believable impossibiltes, but also the reader's strategies for enjoying, challenging, and conspiring with the text. Drawing on a number of current literary theories (but avoiding most of their jargon), Attebery makes a case for fantasy as a significant movement within postmodern literature rather than as a simple exercise of nostalgia. Attebury examines recent and classic fantasies by Ursula K. Le Guin, John Crowley, J.R.R. Tolkien, Diana Wynne Jones, and Gene Wolfe, among others. In both its popular and postmodern incarnations, fantasic fiction exhibits a remarkable capacity for reinventing narrative concentions. Attebery shows how plots, characters, settings, storytelling frameworks, gender divisions, and references to cultural texts such as history and science are all called into question the moment the marvelous is admited into a story.
By:   Brian Attebery
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   508g
ISBN:   9780253310705
ISBN 10:   0253310709
Pages:   180
Publication Date:   22 March 1992
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Brian Attebery is Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Idaho State University. He is author of The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature, one of the pioneering works in the filed of fantasy scholarship.

Reviews for Strategies of Fantasy

This is one of the most persuasive and well-reasoned accounts of how and why fantasy works and what its relationship is to canonical literature. --Gary K. Wolfe

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