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Scepticism and hope in twentieth century fantasy literature, Kath Filmer

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Scepticism and hope in twentieth century fantasy literature
Title
Scepticism and hope in twentieth century fantasy literature
Statement of responsibility
Kath Filmer
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Religious discourse has become alien to the secular and sceptical western societies of the twentieth century. There is real discomfort when religious discourse appears either in the popular press or in society. But even in a secular society, there is still a psychological need (one might even use the stronger word will), if not to believe, then at least to hope. Dr. Filmer states this need is met in the literature of fantasy. Twentieth century fantasy has emerged from a long tradition of religion and philosophy, and it has adapted itself to provide gods and heroes whom readers might worship and in whom they might transcend themselves. Dr. Filmer does not argue that the literature of fantasy is "about" religion; rather the argument is that fantasy speaks religion, that it operates in the same space and uses the same devices as the discourse of religion, and does so largely to the same end: the articulation of hope. Dr. Filmer uses the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Peter Beagle, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L'Engle, George Orwell, Russell Hoban, James Thurber, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Alan Garner, Ursula LeGuin and Patricia Wrightson to illustrate her thesis. Scepticism and Hope reaffirms that, in the present sceptical age, Fantasy offers its readers a vision of the marvellous and the wonderful, and through that vision, the clear articulation of hope for humanity
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
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Filmer-Davies, Kath
Dewey number
810.9/15
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS228.F35
LC item number
F55 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Fantasy literature, American
  • Popular literature
  • American literature
  • English literature
  • Fantasy literature, English
  • Skepticism in literature
  • Hope in literature
  • Phantastische Literatur
  • Skepsis
  • Religiosität
Label
Scepticism and hope in twentieth century fantasy literature, Kath Filmer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-155) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fantasy and the displacement of religious discourse -- The author as prophet/priest -- Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings -- C. S. Lewis save face -- The shadows of Earthsea: Ursula Le Guin -- Walking riddles and the last visible dog: Russell Hoban -- That hideous 1984: two views on dystopia -- Religion and romanticism in the Neverending Story -- Some American fables, Sardonic and Satirical -- Transcending time and space: fantasy for children -- In the paths of the prophets: some recent trends in fantasy literature -- Fantasy: imagination, healing and hope
Control code
26782872
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
iv, 160 pages
Isbn
9780879725549
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92072464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1511363
Label
Scepticism and hope in twentieth century fantasy literature, Kath Filmer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-155) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Fantasy and the displacement of religious discourse -- The author as prophet/priest -- Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings -- C. S. Lewis save face -- The shadows of Earthsea: Ursula Le Guin -- Walking riddles and the last visible dog: Russell Hoban -- That hideous 1984: two views on dystopia -- Religion and romanticism in the Neverending Story -- Some American fables, Sardonic and Satirical -- Transcending time and space: fantasy for children -- In the paths of the prophets: some recent trends in fantasy literature -- Fantasy: imagination, healing and hope
Control code
26782872
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
iv, 160 pages
Isbn
9780879725549
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
92072464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1511363

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