Policing Fantasy: Problems of Genre in Fantasy Literature

Topics: Literature, Fantasy, Literary Genre Pages: 88 (29854 words) Published: September 9, 2013
Policing Fantasy:
Problems of Genre in Fantasy Literature

By Svein Angelskår

A Thesis Presented to The Department of Literature Area Studies and European Languages The University of Oslo In Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements For the MA Degree Autumn Term 2005

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:......................................................................................................................3 INTRODUCTION .....................................................................................................................................5 GENERAL GENRE THEORY.............................................................................................................9 GENRE AND TERMINOLOGY ..................................................................................................................9 THE DEVELOPMENT OF GENRES AND FANTASY THEORY .....................................................................15 THE PROBLEMS OF CHANGE, DEFINITION AND GENERIC SYSTEMS .......................................................18 GENERIC SYSTEMS AND THE TRAPPINGS OF GENERIC DISCOURSE .......................................................25 FANTASY THEORY AND FANTASY THEORISTS......................................................................31 TWO GROUPS OF THEORISTS ...............................................................................................................33 TZVETAN TODOROV ...........................................................................................................................36 ROSEMARY JACKSON .........................................................................................................................41 CHRISTINE BROOKE-ROSE..................................................................................................................52 COLIN N. MANLOVE ...........................................................................................................................64 KATHRYN HUME ................................................................................................................................68 MARK BOULD.....................................................................................................................................69 CONCLUSION ......................................................................................................................................72 MYTH AND MYTHOLOGY IN FANTASY LITERATURE .........................................................75 MYTH IN HIGH FANTASY .....................................................................................................................76 TOLKIEN, MIDDLE-EARTH AND ELVES ................................................................................................77 MARGARET WEIS AND TRACY HICKMAN ...........................................................................................82 RAYMOND FEIST’S FAIRY TALE .........................................................................................................85 MYTH IN LOW FANTASY .....................................................................................................................88 DONALD BARTHELME ........................................................................................................................90 H. P. LOVECRAFT’S ‘THE CALL OF CTHULHU’ ...................................................................................93 E. T. A. HOFFMAN’S ‘THE SANDMAN’ ...............................................................................................95 SCIENCE FANTASY AND MYTH ............................................................................................................97 CONCLUSION ......................................................................................................................................97 BIBLIOGRAPHY:...
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