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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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Theorizing Fantasy

Theorizing Fantasy

Enchantment, Parody, and the Classical Tradition

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(p.47) 2 Theorizing Fantasy
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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy
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Cecilie Flugt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610050.003.0003

Cecilie Flugt, in “Theorizing Fantasy: Enchantment, Parody, and the Classical Tradition,” seeks to move beyond a traditional perspective on the literary history of modern fantasy as having to do mainly with ‘enchantment.’ Flugt aims to shed light on how our perception of certain literary eras colors the way we look at modern fantasy’s literary roots and the apparent break with Greco-Roman literary traditions. Acknowledging that that protean literary concept—and readerly experience—plays a role, Flugt argues that modern works owe as much to ancient Greco-Roman examples of the parodic, such as Lucian’s True History (2nd century CE), as they do to the enchanting or magical features of more commonly cited precursors, such as medieval romances and fairy tales.

Keywords:   Enchantment, Lucian, Parody, imaginary voyage, E. T. A. Hoffmann

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