Fantastic Literature: A Critical Reader
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - 357 páginas
Unprecedented in range and scope, this volume serves as a record of and reference for the development of fantasy literature. Working to be inclusive, rather than exclusive, opening a dialogue wherever possible, Sandner presents the full range of debates concerning the fantastic and its relationship to the sublime, the Gothic, children's literature, romance and comedy, and the purposes of imaginative literature. Introductions to each essay, presented in full or excerpted for the most relevant commentary, situate the reader in the history of fantasy literature and the criticism it has inspired.
New and important here are the claims for the early development of fantasy literature from the 18th century sublime. Previous histories of the genre regard Romanticism as a limit, but this reader draws from 18th, 19th, 20th, and even 21st century texts, revealing the unimagined scope of the field and developing a map of its early history for the first time. This important new volume presents, ultimately, the development of critical debates about the fantastic and its relationship to literature generally.
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I used this book a year ago as the core anthology of critical and scholarly thinking about the Fantastic for a course I offered in Literature of the Fantastic. All of the essays are valuable, and most provided an excellent catalyst for discussion, not only of the theoretical ideas within them, but also in tandem with a discussion about particular fictional works of the Fantastic that we were concurrently reading. I highly recommend this book as a truly useful compendium of significant essays pertinent to a study of this literature.