THE FANTASTIC AND FANTASY Eric Rabkin () The following excerpt from American critic Eric Rabkin’s The Fantastic in Literature defines the. Available in the National Library of Australia collection. Author: Rabkin, Eric S; Format: Book; xi, p.: ill. ; 23 cm. New Search The fantastic in literature by Eric S. Rabkin. The fantastic in literature by Eric S. Rabkin. More Like This. The fantastic in literature by Eric S. Rabkin.

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To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video. Academic Skip to main content. For other uses, see Fantastic disambiguation. There is no truly typical “fantastic story”, as the term generally encompasses both works of the horror and gothic genres. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Literary Names Alastair Fowler. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Request this item to view in the Library’s reading rooms using your library card. The fantastic is sometimes erroneously called the Grotesque or Supernatural fictionbecause both the Grotesque and the Supernatural contain fantastic elements, yet they are not the same, as the fantastic is based on an ambiguity of those elements. Harry Potter fandom Tolkien fandom. The fantastic is present in faantastic where the reader experiences hesitation about whether a work presents what Todorov calls “the uncanny,” wherein superficially supernatural phenomena turn out to have a rational explanation such as in the Gothic works of Ann Radcliffe or “the marvelous,” where the supernatural is confirmed by the story.


Bulgarian-French structuralist literary critic Tzvetan Todorov originated the concept, characterizing the fantastic as the hesitation of characters and readers when presented with questions about reality. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

Fantastic, The, in literature. We will contact you if necessary. According to Todorov, the hesitation involves two outcomes:. Wric article needs additional citations for verification.

Marocchino, California Maritime Academy. Science Fiction Eric S. The Principles of Art R. This page was last edited on 22 Augustat The former, in its hesitation between supernatural and realistic explanations of events, may task the reader with questioning the nature of reality and this egic serve to distinguish the Fantastic from Magical Realism in which magical elements are understood to constitute in part the reality of the protagonists and are not themselves questionable.

In the Library Request this item to view in the Library’s reading rooms using your library card. D’Souza and Susheela Punitha. J Wikipedia Citation Please see Wikipedia’s template documentation for further citation fields that may be required. Moogavani Pillanangrovi Kesava Reddy. Second, this hesitation may also be experienced by a character; thus the reader’s role is so to speak entrusted to a character, and at the im time fantastc hesitation is represented, it becomes one of the themes of the work — in the case of naive reading, the actual reader identifies himself with the character.

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First, the text must oblige the reader to consider the world of the characters as a world of living persons fantastix to hesitate between a natural or supernatural explanation of the events described. Again the Fantastic is found in this hesitation – once it is decided the Fantastic ends.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. 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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