Fantastic Worlds: Myths, Tales, and Stories by Eric S. RabkinAs the first international anthology to cover the entire scope of fantastic narrative, Fantastic Worlds presents over fifty tales, myths, and stories, ranging from Genesis to Ovid, Hans Christian Andersen to J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe to James Thurber, and Franz Kafka to Italo Calvino. Including tales of fairies and elves, ghost stories, high fantasy, and stories of social criticism and the conflict between science and religion, this volume presents a diverse selection of writings that all share the same capacity to liberate the human spirit through the wild mental acrobatics of fantasy.
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This anthology is intended to serve the rapidly growing interest in the literature of the fantastic in three ways: by offering together a full range of materials that make possible an enriched understanding of the fantastic, by outlining a theoretical understanding of the fantastic that both puts these narratives into significant relation to each other and places fantastic literature in the wider field of literature, and by exemplifying a number of analytic methods of general utility that are particularly useful for and clarified by a study of the fantastic. In addition, some new theoretical positions are urged as a consequence of this study. The presentation of a large body of primary materials is intended to make this collection not only enjoyable but representative. As such, it can be used both to build traditional ideas about criticism and fantastic literature and also to test the ideas new to this book. In short, the arrangement of materials and the editor's essays are intended to offer alternatives to the usual points of view, just as the stories themselves rejuvenate the familiar by transplanting it to the wonderful soil of fantastic worlds.
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