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Why Are Critics Afraid of Dragons?

Kim Selling

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200 pages. Dimensions: 8.4in. x 6.0in. x 0.6in.Fantasy literature is hugely popular amongst readersworldwide yet has long been shunned by literarycritics. Why Are Critics Afraid of Dragons examinesthe reasons for this neglect, and presents a newcritical paradigm for understanding and valuing genrefantasy on its own terms. The book answers questionssuch as, what is the relationship between fantasy andmedieval romance Why do some critics see fantasy asa cult Is there a link between fantasy andenvironmentalism By examining the social contexts of fantasy fromfairytales to the mass-market genre, the book drawsinnovative conclusions about fantasys place in thefield of literature and its relevance to contemporaryaudiences. It is the first study of its kind, combining critiques of fantasy from Coleridge toTolkien, Todorov and Le Guin with cultural criticismand ecofeminism, reconstructing fantasy as a complexfield of cultural production. It presents a substantial contribution to theories offantasy literature, offering historical perspectivesand critical insights into the scholarly heritage offantasy, and will be a useful resource to studentsand researchers of popular culture and appeal to ageneral readership. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783836497855

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Title: Why Are Critics Afraid of Dragons?

Publisher: VDM Verlag

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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Fantasy literature is hugely popular amongst readersworldwide yet has long been shunned by literarycritics. Why Are Critics Afraid of Dragons? examinesthe reasons for this neglect, and presents a newcritical paradigm for understanding and valuing genrefantasy on its own terms. The book answers questionssuch as, what is the relationship between fantasy andmedieval romance? Why do some critics see fantasy asa cult? Is there a link between fantasy andenvironmentalism? By examining the social contexts of fantasy fromfairytales to the mass-market genre, the book drawsinnovative conclusions about fantasys place in thefield of literature and its relevance to contemporaryaudiences. It is the first study of its kind,combining critiques of fantasy from Coleridge toTolkien, Todorov and Le Guin with cultural criticismand ecofeminism, reconstructing fantasy as a complexfield of cultural production. It presents a substantial contribution to theories offantasy literature, offering historical perspectivesand critical insights into the scholarly heritage offantasy, and will be a useful resource to studentsand researchers of popular culture and appeal to ageneral readership.

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Dr Kim Selling, B.A. (Hons I), Ph.D. (Medieval Studies),University of Sydney. Kim has worked as a lecturer, researcherand editor at universities in Australia and Japan. She currentlylives in the Pacific and works in cultural heritage andsustainable development.

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