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This is a series of introductory books about different types of writing. One strand of the series will focus on genres such as Science Fiction, Horror, Romance, and Crime. The other strand will focus on movements or styles often associated with historical and cultural locations - Postcolonial, Native American, Scottish, Irish, American Gothic.

These introductions all share the same nine-part structure:

1. A broad definition of the genre and its essential elements
2. A timeline of historical developments
3. Critical concerns to bear in mind while reading
4. Detailed readings of several key texts
5. In-depth analysis of major themes and issues
6. Signposts for further study
7. A summary of the most important criticism in the field
8. A glossary of terms
9. An annotated, critical reading list

Writers covered in this book include:

Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Shelley, J.K. Rowling, H.G. Wells, Thomas More, Jonathan Swift, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Yann Martel, Jeanette Winterson, and William Gibson.

“…skillfully presented overview that will swiftly acquaint literature students, authors and lay readers with a greater understanding of the cultural and literary forces and ideas that drive the fantasy genre.” – Wisconsin Bookwatch, September 2005 (Wisconsin Book Watch) Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Wales, Bangor

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Continuum; Annotated edition edition (April 13, 2005)
  • English
  • 7
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Lale Davidson on May 13, 2015

    This book made one of the best distinctions I've read so far between fantasy and magic realism, with fantasy giving us an enclosed world in which magic is possible, and magic realism, surrealism and other sub-genres of the literary fantastic disrupting our sense of reality with magical elements, causing us to question which world we stand in as readers. She makes other important distinctions and provides a good review of what other renowned theorists such as Todorov have said on the subject. That said, it is written in high academic language, which means she says things in a more complex way than they need to be said, making them hard to understand. This is something nearly all academics are guilty of. Nevertheless, I'd recommend it along with other books for key concepts and distinctions.

  • By Sunshine Reader on August 12, 2012

    There are much better works for those interested in the Fantasy genre which better serve the purpose--anything written by Prof. Michael D.C. Drout, for example, manages to be insightful, instructive, and intellectually stimulating. Traits all of which are missing from this dreadful book.Ms. Armitt's greatest sins are her lack of intimacy with her subject and the lack of an original point of view. She seems to have done all her research via the internet rather than consulting primary sources. There are moments when one wonders if she's actually read any of the books to which she refers--like when she mistakenly attributes the actions of one major fantasy character to another. Her attempts at deep scholarly analysis are simply beyond her limited, shallow abilities.Save yourself the money and the frustration--get an introduction to fantasy fiction by someone who has actually read fantasy fiction.

  • By Preston Ray on March 10, 2012

    Normally I don't like to give negative reviews but the only review out there is 5 stars. Unfortunately I read this a while ago and don't remember it in enough to give a detailed review.It ignores a lot of fantasy. Spends an inordinate amount of time on trying to use Freudian analysis, which is pretty much discredited everywhere (expect I guess for literary critics) and doesn't ever really do a good job of actually talking about works of fantasy (heavy on Tolkein, a couple shout outs to some works and then goes to Harry Potter). I much preferred Drout's audiobook as an interesting discussion about fantasy.If you are reading this I would encourage you to look around a bit for more balance in the opinions before buying.


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