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Fantasy: The Liberation of Imagination

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Fantasy: The Liberation of Imagination

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Author: Richard Mathews
Publisher: Routledge, 2002
Twayne Publishers, 1997
Series: Studies in Literary Themes and Genres: Book 16

3. Science Fiction Before 1900
5. The Fairy Tale
12. Science Fiction After 1900
16. Fantasy: The Liberation of Imagination

Book Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Fantasy
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Twayne's Studies in Literary Themes and Genres Series is the first choice in reference material. This series is the first to investigate comprehensively yet concisely continuities and changes within individual literary themes and genres. Each book includes: an overview of the evolution of the theme or genre, in-depth analyses of four to six exemplary texts, an extensive annotated list of works for further reading, a discursive critical bibliography, a chronology of major authors, works, and historical events of importance in the development of the theme or genre.

Using a broad definition of fantasy to include myth, folklore, legend and fairy tale, this survey of the genre will entice as well as inform any student interested in the mysterious, mystical or magical. Beloved authors like J. R. R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Morris and Robert E. Howard are examined closely.


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