Strategies of Fantasy

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Indiana University Press, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 152 pages

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.

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User Review  - BobNolin - LibraryThing

The title is a bit odd, making it sound like a writer's how-to book, which it is not. It is for the most part an attempt to "legitimize" fantasy as literature, using "Little, Big," LOTR, and other ... Read full review


ONE Fantasy as Mode Genre Formula
TWO Is Fantasy Literature? Tolkien and the Theorists
THREE Fantasy and Postmodernism

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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.

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