Strategies of Fantasy

Hardcover | March 22, 1992

byBrian Attebery

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Brian Attebery's "strategy of fantasy" include not only the writer's strategies for inventing believable impossibiltes, but also the reader's strategies for enjoying, challenging, and conspiring with the text. Drawing on a number of current literary theories (but avoiding most of their jargon), Attebery makes a case for fantasy as a significant movement within postmodern literature rather than as a simple exercise of nostalgia. Attebury examines recent and classic fantasies by Ursula K. Le Guin, John Crowley, J.R.R. Tolkien, Diana Wynne Jones, and Gene Wolfe, among others. In both its popular and postmodern incarnations, fantasic fiction exhibits a remarkable capacity for reinventing narrative concentions. Attebery shows how plots, characters, settings, storytelling frameworks, gender divisions, and references to cultural texts such as history and science are all called into question the moment the marvelous is admited into a story.

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Brian Attebery's "strategy of fantasy" include not only the writer's strategies for inventing believable impossibiltes, but also the reader's strategies for enjoying, challenging, and conspiring with the text. Drawing on a number of current literary theories (but avoiding most of their jargon), Attebery makes a case for fantasy as a si...

Brian Attebery is Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Idaho State University. He is author of The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature, one of the pioneering works in the filed of fantasy scholarship.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:180 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 0.44 inPublished:March 22, 1992Publisher:Indiana University Press

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ISBN - 10:0253310709

ISBN - 13:9780253310705

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"This is one of the most persuasive and well-reasoned accounts of how and why fantasy works and what its relationship is to canonical literature." -Gary K. Wolfe