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  Fantasy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting.
In this sense, the history of fantasy and the history of literature are inextricably intertwined.
The history of modern fantasy literature begins with George MacDonald, the Scottish author of such novels as The Princess and the Goblin and Phantastes, the latter of which is widely considered to be the first fantasy novel ever written for adults.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fantasy   (1016 words)

 Fantasy - MSN Encarta
Stock themes in fantasy literature, as it has developed from the 18th century until the present day, include doppelgängers, mirror worlds, diabolic pacts, alternative histories, magical quests, the invasion of reality by dreams, and monstrous hauntings.
Early masterpieces of fantasy literature include the orientalist fantasy, Vathek (1786) by William Beckford, the Polish aristocrat Jan Potocki’s farrago of tales within tales, The Saragossa Manuscript (published fragmentarily 1804-1814), and the collections of short stories published by the German E.
While the Gothic novelist Charles Brockden Brown was probably America’s earliest author of fantasy, and Nathaniel Hawthorne produced stories such as “Young Goodman Brown” that were certainly fantastic, Edgar Allan Poe was the greatest of America’s early fantasy writers in both prose and poetry.
uk.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_781533578/Fantasy.html   (778 words)

Fantasy assumes that nature is essentially a generative force and that the struggle between good and evil is an equal fight in which each side has the power to maintain its essential character and integrity.
Fantasy’s most famous example is, of course, Christ, one that is mirrored in the birth of King Arthur, both of which reflect that of Sargon I (2400 B.C.).
Fantasy will, then, enchant the readers’ humanity, and horror will pierce its core with the ice of "the other." For example, Stephen King is a master at revealing the intrinsic "wrongness" of some human behavior, and in "The Monkey" (1980) the filth that rises from the twisted characters is as important as the bizarre jack-in-the-box.
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 Fantasy Literature’s Evocative Power
In order to characterize a work as fantasy literature, I would argue, there are six traits which must be present to some degree: story, common characters, evocation of another world, use of magic and the supernatural, a clear sense of good and evil, and the quest.
In going into this fourth characteristic of fantasy literature, magic and the supernatural are terms which I use interchangeably (at some risk) to connote the presence of powers whose origin and nature lie outside of human knowledge or common experience.
There is held forth as one of fantasy’s central tenets the belief that the end of a successful fairy story is joy: not a joy apart from sorrow, however, but a joy distilled from the experience of agonizing choice and a painful awareness of the errors in human decision-making.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=1809   (3854 words)

 FANTASY AND ITS LITERATURE (via CobWeb/3.1 planet03.csc.ncsu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The impossibilities of fantasy must be recognized within their social, cultural, and historical context, or there is the danger of turning fantasy literature into a panacea, offering perspectives on, and solutions to, whatever the twentieth-century mind finds unbelievable, regardless of its origins.
Wonder is of course generated by fantasy purely from the presence of the supernatural or impossible, and from the element of mystery and lack of explanation that goes with it.
Fantasy it was and ever is which fashions the bridge between the irreconcilable claims of subject and object, introversion and introversion.
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 Black Gate: Adventures in Fantasy Literature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Fantasy's sister genre, Science Fiction, is often said to be built on the short form.
Both Science Fiction and Fantasy stories are eligible for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards (though the winners are overwhelmingly on the Science Fiction side of the divide, assuming one can place the dividing line reliably).
Still, at this time there is no real sense of Fantasy as a separate genre, and indeed the titles of both anthologies hint that the real focus is on the "supernatural horror" aspect of Fantasy.
www.blackgate.com /sept00/articles/fcanon.htm   (1625 words)

 Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature
Volume 8 covers twentieth-century American science fiction writers and volume 178 covers British fantasy and science fiction authors prior to World War I. Some science fiction and fantasy authors are also covered in other volumes of the series; check the index in the final volume to locate them by name.
Criticism of science fiction and fantasy literature is published in scholarly journals.
Bibliographies covering general literature may identify additional research sources on science fiction and fantasy; several of these are listed in the Literature Criticism bibliography.
www.spsu.edu /library/bibs/SciFi.html   (1217 words)

 Fantasy literature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Since the 1950s however, a growing segment of the fantasy genre has taken the form of video games, music, painting, and the like.
It is difficult to define the precise 'beginning' of fantasy literature, as stories involving magic and terrible monsters have existed since time immemorial.
Tolkien, was crucial to the mass-popularization of the fantasy genre, with his hugely successful publications, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fantasy_literature   (366 words)

 UK-Korea Fantasy - Literature - British Council - Arts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The exhibition ran from 10-24 September, and was co-hosted by the British Council, the Daesan Foundation and the Korean Association for Literature and Film.
Five speakers from the UK travelled to Seoul, including fantasy writer Chaz Brenchley, children’s fantasy writer Cliff McNish, sci-fi and fantasy editor John Jarrold, Professor Peter Hunt, a children's fantasy literature academic, and Dr Brian Rosebury, a fantasy literature academic.
The main objectives of the event were to promote networking between UK and Korean writers, academics and publishers, to share experiences and ideas in creative writing and academic resources on fantasy literature, and to foster future exchanges and cooperation in the literary field.
www.britishcouncil.org /lv/arts-literature-uk-korea-fantasy.htm   (258 words)

 Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Summary & Essays - n/a
The domains of Science Fiction and Fantasy literature are recognizable to many people, but it is the messages and social commentary behind these icons that has captivated readers, and more recently critics, in the past two centuries.
Science Fiction and Fantasy appear from the outside to be two distinct forms of literature, and yet the two genres share some similar characteristics and roots.
Science Fiction and Fantasy literature inspired many related movements in film, television, and art, and profoundly influenced the development of science and culture in the twentieth century.
www.enotes.com /science-fiction   (379 words)

 Fantasy Genres Literature Arts
Even if fantasy or Sci-Fi genres dont thrill you, it's nice to step away from reality and celebrate the perks of Halloween for one more night.
Than Fiction" comes advertised as a romance, a comedy, a fantasy, and it is a...
Top/Society/Religion and Spirituality/Christianity/Fun and Entertainment/Science Fiction and Fantasy
www.iaswww.com /ODP/Arts/Literature/Genres/Fantasy   (628 words)

 Fantasy Literature Unit Plan
Literature is one of these resources that is readily available within and outside of the classroom environment.
In fantasy, however short, fat, unbeautiful, weak, dreamy, or unlearned individuals may be, they find a realm in which those things are negated by strength.
One of these categories is under the subgenre of “high fantasy,” of which includes books that deal with magical creatures, a struggle between good and evil, kingdoms, and usually there is a quest that is attempted, if not completed, by one of the characters.
www2.sjsu.edu /depts/english/fantasylitKP.htm   (2262 words)

 Amazon.fr : Writing and Fantasy: Livres en anglais: Barbara White,Ceri Sullivan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Writing and Fantasy brings together essays which restore a sense of the fantastic as a political response to cultural opportunities and pressures.
It moves on from two conventional fields of discussion- the psychoanalytic, where phantasies are produced by the emergence of the consciousness, and the social, where fantasies are the production of nineteenth-century individualism.
The new research presented here will be of great interest to academics and students in literature, history and cultural studies departments who are working in the field of the historical development of concepts of fantasy, cultural opposition, and the imbrication of politics and modes of representation.
www.amazon.fr /Writing-Fantasy-Barbara-White/dp/0582309123   (728 words)

s a being of Fantasy, Bardolf is in a unique position to express his opinion of genre literature.
His pulp adventure stories may not be great literature to scholars, but they are a robust read.
His novels set on a fantasy Mars are grand adventure to please fans of Star Wars, and Tarzan's twenty-four adventures encounter cultures from Imperial Rome to Imperial Japan to Hollywood.
www.geocities.com /Area51/Nova/1996/fantasylit.html   (629 words)

 The SF Site Featured Review: Fantasy and Horror
A companion to Neil Barron's Anatomy of Wonder, a standard reference for science fiction, Fantasy and Horror is a combining of the editor's two previous references, Fantastic Literature and Horror Literature, published in 1990, and both intended to serve as reader's advisories.
Some may be surprised by the relatively high proportion of children's books in the chapter devoted to contemporary fantasy (just under a third of all selections), but considering this reference is meant to serve, in part, as an advisory for librarians, their perhaps disproportionate numbers are to be expected.
Fantasy and Horror represents an outstanding work of scholarship, and a potentially invaluable resource for the average reader, irregardless of taste or interest.
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 Fantasy Literature - GupShup Forums
Fantasy literature usually does the trick for me beacause the subject matter and the storylines are interesting.
And there is a lot of fictional fantasy literature out there that is really terribly written.
I just got the Handmaid's tale, The Plague (not fantasy, really, but existential stuff which is fun to read), The Elegant Universe (scientific philosophy, again not fantasy), and one little fantasy book that I managed to sneak in the group...
www.paklinks.com /gs/showthread.php?t=183709   (969 words)

 Fantasy Quizzes and Fantasy Trivia -- FunTrivia
This quiz is on the names of swords and the people who owned them in various fantasy novels.
Though some fantasy novels may seem repetitive, there are those that have unique ideas.
This quiz is on random questions from several different fantasy or science fiction books or series.
www.funtrivia.com /quizzes/literature/fantasy.html   (633 words)

 Karen Michalson - Victorian Fantasy Literature
A study of the historical, political and social reasons underlying the exclusion of fantasy literature from the traditional literary canon.
Focuses in detail on the lives and historical situations of five Victorian fantasy writers: John Ruskin, George MacDonald, Charles Kingsley, Henry Rider Haggard, and Rudyard Kipling.
The chapter "Fantasy and Victorian Education" should be required reading.
www.arularecords.com /karenmichalson/Books/VictorianFantasy   (411 words)

 Book Review: Strategies of Fantasy by Brian Attebery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
People that study the Fantasy genre can't agree on a definition of what Fantasy is. Occasionally a nonfiction book comes out from a scholar that tries to explain Fantasy and give it a legitimacy as literature.
These books can be interesting to the Fantasy reader in gaining a better insight into the purposes of the genre and intentions of the authors.
Several aspects of Fantasy are explained in this book: a definition of Fantasy, its relationship to literature, and the contributions of women to the genre.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/fantasy_worlds/58838   (461 words)

 Subject Guides - Science Fiction & Fantasy Fiction and Media
A catalog of science fiction, fantasy, and horror published in Italian and written originally in Italian or other languages, the Catalogo throughly indexes both books and magazines by author name, titles (original and Italian), and artists names.
Sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Writer Beware is a site devoted to educating writers about traps for the unwary, e.g., fee-charging agents, dishonest book doctors, fraudulent subsidy publishers, and fake contests.
The Mythopoeic Society is an "international literary and educational organization for the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantasy and mythic literature, especially the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.
www.csulb.edu /library/subj/literature/scifi.html   (7538 words)

 Growing Up On Fantasy Literature » Solar Flare: Science Fiction News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
This is a reverse of my tastes in television and movies which (The Lord of the Rings excepted) tend more towards science fiction.
Many of the criticisms of fantasy, like it's frequently simplistic take on good and evil are what make it so suitable as an escape from reality.
I freely admit that many of the fantasy novels published these days are not great literature, and I've been known to mock them for it.
www.sflare.com /archives/growing-up-on-fantasy-literature   (584 words)

 Fantasy Literature
The fantasy shouldn’t be washed away at the end of the book as having been a dream (as in the book Alice in Wonderland and the movie The Wizard of Oz)
Fantasy = departs from “consensus reality,” according to critic Katherine Hume
Low fantasy (the fantasy occurs in the “real” world and involves limited magical occurrences)
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 BOTW Directory - Arts > Literature > Genres > Fantasy
Aaphra's Fantasy and Science Fiction Library - Personal site containing in-depth reviews on a wide range of fantasy literature.
Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Works - Provides overviews, in-depth information, and guides to almost every available piece of fantasy literature.
Realm of the Hidden Dragon - Contains old and new fantasy literature from a variety of well-known fantasy writers.
botw.org /top/Arts/Literature/Genres/Fantasy   (152 words)

 Shining Waters Fantasy Literature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
glad to be back, and plan to provide many more issues of Shining Waters Fantasy Literature in the years to come.
If you have come looking for a satisfying story of magic, glory and all things fantasy...
In our regular issue, we publish a fantasy reference article - for both readers and writers.
www.dawnorchid.ca /shiningwaters   (348 words)

 Literature: Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Mythology, Science Fiction
Legends explores the history and literature surrounding Robin Hood, King Arthur, Pirates and Privateers, and other swashbuckling characters of balladry, fiction, and film, from The Queen of Elfland to Zorro.
Fantasy Finder a good resource for those new to the genre; separates the good from the not-so-good in fantasy and sci-fi literature.
The Roots of British Fantasy Shakespeare, Bram Stoker, Joyce and many more authors you might not associate with this genre.
www.floridasmart.com /subjects/langarts_lit_genres.htm   (1058 words)

 Classic Fantasy Literature
Here is a guide to some of the greatest fantasy ever written.
Where he lists only the authors' names and recommends "all their fantasy writing," I have attempted to select the most well-known of their pre-1980 fantasy works, particularly when the author has a large bibliography!
The exception is one particular British publisher, Gollancz, who publishes an excellent (and matching) series called "Fantasy Masterworks" which includes many books on the list (and continues to add more and more).
ulmo.mux.net /fantasy   (331 words)

 Fantasist Enterprises - Illustrated Fantasy Literature, and Fantasy Art
A person who writes or composes fantasies or fantasias in music, poetry, or the like 2.
We are dedicated to furthering that branch of the speculative fiction genre that reawakens the sense of wonder that our modern society can so easily suppress and disregard.
We want them to study the shadows, trying to catch that strange movement they thought they saw, and experience visions that linger on the edges of their waking minds.
www.fantasistent.com   (180 words)

 Fantasy Overview
Unlikely Heroes and their role in Fantasy Literature
Transcending Death: Mortality and Immortality in Fantasy Literature
The database contains citations only (with some URL links) to the history and criticism of science fiction, fantasy, and some material on horror and the gothic.
www.victorianweb.org /genre/fantov.html   (153 words)

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