The Evolution of Modern Fantasy

The Evolution of Modern Fantasy

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In this comprehensive study, James Williamson traces the literary history of the fantasy genre from the eighteenth century to its coalescence following the success of Tolkien's work in the 1960s. While some studies have engaged with related material, there has been no extended study specifically exploring the roots of this now beloved genre. Using the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series (1969-74) as the touchpoint in identifying what Williamson terms the pre-genre fantasy canon, The Evolution of Modern Fantasy contends that what became termed fantasy after the Tolkien boom had its beginnings in a creative literary response to eighteenth century antiquarianism.Carter as a€œEditorial Consultanta€ for their subsequent Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series, which commenced in spring 1969 (see 1Carter 269). ... under a unified rubric; to this day, it stands as the most substantial publishing project devoted to ( mainly) pre-Tolkien fantasy. ... an operative definition of what was now simply termed a€œfantasya€: a€œA fantasy is a book or story . . . in which magic really worksa€ and, in itsanbsp;...

Title:The Evolution of Modern Fantasy
Author:Jamie Williamson
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015


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