Stories about Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth

Paperback | January 16, 2014

byBrian Attebery

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Myth is oral, collective, sacred, and timeless. Fantasy is a modern literary mode and a popular entertainment. Yet the two have always been inextricably intertwined. Stories about Stories examines fantasy as an arena in which different ways of understanding myth compete and new relationshipswith myth are worked out. The book offers a comprehensive history of the modern fantastic as well as an argument about its nature and importance. Specific chapters cover the origins of fantasy in the Romantic search for localized myths, fantasy versions of the Modernist turn toward the primitive, the post-Tolkienian exploration of world mythologies, post-colonial reactions to the exploitation of indigenous sacred narratives by Westernwriters, fantasies based in Christian belief alongside fundamentalist attempts to stamp out the form, and the emergence of ever-more sophisticated structures such as metafiction through which to explore mythic constructions of reality.

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Myth is oral, collective, sacred, and timeless. Fantasy is a modern literary mode and a popular entertainment. Yet the two have always been inextricably intertwined. Stories about Stories examines fantasy as an arena in which different ways of understanding myth compete and new relationshipswith myth are worked out. The book offers a c...

Brian Attebery is Professor of English at Idaho State University and the editor of Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. He is also the coeditor, with Ursula K. Le Guin, of The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Norton, 1997) and the author of Decoding Gender in Science Fiction (Routledge, 2002) among other works.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199316074

ISBN - 13:9780199316076

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Fantasy as a Route to MythTaxonomic Interlude: A Note on Genres2. Make It Old: The Other Mythic Method3. Silver Lies and Spinning Wheels: Christian Myth in MacDonald and Lewis4. Romance and Formula, Myth and Memorate5. Expanding the Territory: Colonial Fantasy6. Angels, Fantasy, and BeliefLiteralist Interlude: Burning Harry Potter7. The Postcolonial Fantastic8. Coyote's Eyes: Situated FantasyWorks Cited