Fantasy Fiction: An Introduction

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 229 pages
This is a series of introductory books about different types of writing. One strand of the series will focus on genres such as Science Fiction, Horror, Romance, and Crime. The other strand will focus on movements or styles often associated with historical and cultural locations – Postcolonial, Native American, Scottish, Irish, American Gothic.These introductions all share the same nine-part structure:1. A broad definition of the genre and its essential elements2. A timeline of historical developments3. Critical concerns to bear in mind while reading4. Detailed readings of several key texts5. In-depth analysis of major themes and issues6. Signposts for further study7. A summary of the most important criticism in the field8. A glossary of terms9. An annotated, critical reading listWriters covered in this book include:Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Shelley, J.K. Rowling, H.G. Wells, Thomas More, Jonathan Swift, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Yann Martel, Jeanette Winterson, and William Gibson.

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

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