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The development of the modern fantasy novel


2001 2001

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This study examines the development of the modern fantasy novel from its origins in the late nineteenth century to the present day. The fantasy genre is not uniform, but rather has developed distinct varieties over time as authors have innovated on and responded to the traditions established by previous works. This study begins by defining modern fantasy literature and considering previous critical work on the genre, and then moves into a discussion of several important varieties of fantasy literature. The varieties of fantasy literature that are discussed here are classic fantasy, sword and sorcery fantasy, religious secondary world fantasy, historical fantasy, gothic fantasy, and epic fantasy. The discussion of each variety addresses its defining characteristics and its origins, and incorporates a detailed analysis of the work of representative authors. In conclusion, this study provides an overview of other varieties of the fantasy novel not discussed here, evaluates the various critical arguments about the purpose of fantasy literature, and emphasizes the nature of the modern fantasy novel as a varied, lively, and developing genre that merits a great deal of additional critical attention.

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Subject
Literature;
British and Irish literature;
American literature
Classification
0298: Literature
0593: British and Irish literature
0591: American literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics, Epic fantasy, Fantasy, Gothic, Historical fantasy, Novel, Sword and sorcery
Title
The development of the modern fantasy novel
Author
Ordway, Holly E.
Number of pages
333
Publication year
2001
Degree date
2001
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 62/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493083926, 0493083928
Advisor
Spivack, Charlotte
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3000328
ProQuest document ID
230471771
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/230471771
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