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CONTENTS Chapter 1-What is Fantasy Writing? Introduction Beyond the Horizon Epic Space Chapter 2-Fantasy as Timeline Introduction The Origins of Modern Fantasy Early Modern Fantasy Tree versus Leaf: Reading the Present through the Past Phantasm versus Fantasia Chapter 3-How to Read Fantasy; Or, Dreams and Their Fictional Readers Introduction Reading Dreams Medieval Dream Vision The World in/of the Mirror Chapter 4-The Best and Best Known Introduction Play and Nonsense: Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear Cartographies and Geographies of Fantasy: Animal Farm and Gulliver's Travels J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: Discourses of Monstrosity The Monsters of Middle Earth Adolescent Monsters: Harry Potter H.G. Wells, The First Men in the Moon and The Time Machine 'Other Desires': Homoeroticism and the Feminine Mothers and Mirrors: Harry Potter Chapter 5-The Utopia as an Underlying Feature of All Major Modes of Fantasy Introduction Thomas More, Utopia Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland H. G. Wells, The First Men in the Moon and The Time Machine Inter-Generic Texts: The Time Machine and A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court Yann Martel, Life of Pi George Orwell, Animal Farm Technology Versus Magic: A Connecticut Yankee and Harry Potter Jeanette Winterson, The PowerBook William Gibson, Neuromancer Chapter 6-One Key Question: Is There Life for Fantasy Beyond Genre? Introduction Ghosts and Their Readers Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens, 'The Signalman' Henry James, The Turn of the Screw Edith Wharton, 'The Eyes' Chapter 7-Fantasy Criticism Introduction Interrogating the Boundaries of Fantasy: Todorov, Marin, and Tolkien Determining Spaces: Tolkien, Bettelheim, and Zipes Fantasy as (Dream-)Screen: Psychoanalytic Approaches New Bodies/New Knowledge: Massey, Haraway, Botting Chapter 8-A Glossary of Terms Chapter 9-Selected Reading List Index

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Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Wales, Bangor


mention -- Children's Literature Association Quarterly
' a useful study of influences from outside the genre...[and] an interesting glimpse into the way an apparent outsider reads works of fantasy, finding patterns of meaning that fantasy fans often miss or suppress.' Foundation - The International Review of Science Fiction, Issue 97, Brian Attebury * Foundations *

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