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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Brian Attebery considers eccentricities and history in the writings of, Baum, Ruskin, MacDonald, Morris, Lewis and Tolkien in a concise survey of the different definitions and characteristics of the genre of fantasy, first exploring it as a whole, then defining its influence on American folklore. Read more Read less. Review "This useful study, the first to so thoroughly treat the genesis and evolution of the fantasy tradition in American literature, is well organized, substantive, and smoothly written.
After sharing his definition of fantasy, Attebery traces the genre's development in American literature from the anonymous ballads, tall tales, and legends of the 18th and early 19th centuries to the sophisticated fantasy novels of the Tolkien erathis book, complete with index and extensive bibliography, is highly recommended for undergraduate, graduate, and public libraries.
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The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature : From Irving to Le Guin
The American fantasy tradition is important because fantasy is conservative. It holds ancient beliefs and insights safe within a shell of seeming inconsequence. Its roots go back beyond writing and beyond recall, but it also continues to alter as our lives change. American fantasy retells the oldest stories in new and pertinent forms and examines our national experience in a timeless context. Brian Attebery begins this book with some questions you may have asked yourself. I know I have.
The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature: From Irving to Le Guin
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The Fantasy Tradition In American Literature