Enchantment, Parody, and the Classical Tradition
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.
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