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Writing and Fantasy


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Writing and Fantasy by Barbara White

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CrosscurrentsGeneral Editors: J. B. Bullen, Professor of English, University of Reading,Neil Sammells, Dean of Humanities, Bath Spa University College,Paul Hyland, Head of History, Bath Spa University CollegeCrosscurrents is a major series which has grown directly out of existing developments in higher education. The move towards modular courses and the evolution of interdisciplinary work at all levels of intellectual inquiry have expanded the horizons of the old subject areas. This series is aimed to show how English Studies is meeting the challenge of these developments by drawing upon the discourses of history, politics, race and gender studies in particular. Subjects range from those which are well-established within the prevailing structure of English Studies to new and unusual areas which have emerged directly out of innovative interdisciplinary work.Writing and Fantasy brings together essays which restore a sense of the fantastic as a political response to cultural opportunities and pressures. It moves on from two conventional fields of discussion: the psychoanalytic, where phantasies are produced by the emergence of the consciousness, and the social, where fantasies are the production of nineteenth-century individualism. Chapters run from the classical period to the twentieth century, each focusing on a local reading of how fantasy acts as a strategy to contain or exploit specific historical and cultural moments. A wide variety of sites are investigated including the feminization of the wild west, originary and maternal spaces, highwaywomen, financial credit, and the ideal home. Multiple genres containing fantasy are explored, ranging from ghost stories to feminist utopias.Aids to the reader include an introduction summarising recent discussions of fantasy, illustrations dealing with visual fantasies, and an annotated bibliography. The new research presented here will be of great interest to academics and students in literature, history and cultural studies departments who are working in the field of the historical development of concepts of fantasy, cultural opposition, and the imbrication of politics and modes of representation.Ceri Sullivan is a lecturer at the University of Wales, Bangor. Barbara White is Director of Studies of 'Advanced Studies in England', Bath.
Release date NZ
January 4th, 1999
Edited by Ceri Sullivan
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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