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The Fantastic in Literature
Author: Eric S. Rabkin

ISBN: 9780691636023
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 19 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 1.6
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What exactly is the fantastic? In the twentieth-century world, our notions of what is impossible are assaulted every day. To define the nature of fantasy and the fantastic, Eric S. Rabkin considers its role in fairy tales, science fiction, detective stories, and religious allegory, as well as in traditional literature.


The examples he studies range from Grimm's fairy tales to Agatha Christie, fromChildhood's End to the novels of Henry James, from Voltaire to Robbe-Grillet toA Canticle for Leiboivitz. By analyzing different works of literature, the author shows that the fantastic depends on a reversal of the ground rules of a narrative world. This reversal signals most commonly a psychological escape, often from boredom, to an unknown world secretly yearned for, whose order, although reversed, bears a precise relation to reality.


Originally published in 1976.


The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backl...

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