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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy$
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Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610050.001.0001

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Classical Epic and the Poetics of Modern Fantasy

Classical Epic and the Poetics of Modern Fantasy

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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy
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Jesse Weiner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610050.003.0002

Jesse Weiner, in “Classical Epic and the Poetics of Modern Fantasy,” explores some of the theoretical consequences of the common idea that modern high fantasy is ‘epic in prose.’ This chapter is intended to be, not a specific case study, but rather a broader exploration of the generic links between high fantasy and heroic epic, seen in part through the lens of ancient Greek aesthetics. Detailing how A Song of Ice and Fire fits aesthetic guidelines developed in Aristotle’s Poetics, Weiner argues that modern high fantasy—for many readers, the very paradigm of the modern genre—shares not only many of the superficial tropes of ancient heroic epic but also, and perhaps more importantly, some of its deeper aesthetic values.

Keywords:   A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), Aristotle, Epic, Martin, George R. R, Poetics, Theory of fantasy

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