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1st Edition

By Lucie Armitt


200 pages

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Fantasy provides an invaluable and accessible guide to the study of this fascinating field.

Covering literature, film, television, ballet, light opera and visual art and featuring a historical overview from Ovid to the Toy Story franchise, this book takes the reader through the key landmark moments in the development of fantasy criticism. This comprehensive guide examines fantasy and politics, fantasy and the erotic, quest narratives and animal fantasy for children. The versatility and cultural significance of fantasy is explored, alongside the important role fantasy plays in our understanding of ‘the real’, from childhood onwards.

Written in a clear, engaging style and featuring an extensive glossary of terms, this is the essential introduction to Fantasy.

Table of Contents

1. Defining Fantasy 2. A Historical Overview of Fantasy: Ovid to Game Boy 3. Animal Fantasy for Children 4. Fantasy Quests 5. Fantasy and Politics 6. Fantasy and the Erotic

About the Author/Editor

Lucie Armitt is Professor of Contemporary English Literature at the University of Lincoln, UK. She has been researching and publishing in the field of fantasy since 1991 and is the author of several books, articles and book chapters on the subject. She is especially interested in the influence fantasy has upon culture in general and the important role it plays in our understanding of the real.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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