Alternative Worlds in Fantasy Fiction (Continuum Collection, by Peter Hunt, Lenz

By Peter Hunt, Lenz

This e-book offers an illuminating advisor to literature that creates replacement worlds for younger readers. targeting the paintings of Ursula Le Guin, Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman, the ebook considers either the style of 'alternative worlds' and the individuality of those authors' texts, together with Philip Pullman's The Amber Sypglass. Peter Hunt is Pofessor of English at Cardiff collage. Millicent Lenz is affiliate Professor on the country college of recent York at Albany.

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This pattern has been traced many times, notably by such ethnologists as Van Gennep and Joseph Campbell, both fundamentally concerned with males and their changes of status. Attebery contrasts this with the pattern for female passage to maturity, drawing upon Bruce Lincoln's Emerging from the Chrysalis: Studies in Rituals of Women's Initiation (1981). Lincoln identifies three stages for women's rites of passage: 'enclosure, metamorphoses (or magnification), and emergence'. Often the girl is secluded in her own 44 ALTERNATIVE WORLDS IN FANTASY FICTION home, at or before her first menses.

Apter, T. E. (1982) Fantasy Literature. An Approach to Reality, London: Macmillan. Barren, N. (1990) Fantasy Literature. A Reader's Guide, New York: Garland. Brooke-Rose, C. (1981) A Rhetoric of the Unreal Studies in Narrative and Structure, Especially of the Fantastic, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Cohen, M. (1995) Lewis Carroll A Biography, London: Macmillan. Corn well, N. (1990) The Literary Fantastic. From Gothic to Postmodernism, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf. Cunningham, V.

The far more subtle fantasy world of Beatrix Potter's 'little books', is an anthropomorphic land superimposed upon the everyday world of Sawrey and the English Lake District. From The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902) to The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1930) her books, as Peter Hollindale put it, can be read as 'conversations through the medium of fantasy' between 'the biological reality of the animal and the social behaviour of the human' (1999: 18). Sometimes the world is selfcontained, as in the satire of The Pie and the Patty'Pan (1905), in which the houses of the real village are inhabited by animals who generally behave as humans, or in Ginger and Pickles (1909), where Potter's apparent whimsicality shows its characteristic hard edge: Ginger and Pickles were the people who kept the shop.

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