Not surprisingly, this book by Jackson is just what one needs when in doubt about the fantastic fiction. This book was a big reference source for my primary studies and contains a large selection of topics within the fantasy genre. Rosemary Jackson, Ed. She serves as a mentor leader for undergraduate students majoring in special education and also teaches graduate classes in learning disabilities.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Fantasy by Rosemary Jackson. This study argues against vague interpretations of fantasy as mere escapism and seeks to define it as a distinct kind of narrative.
Dr Jackson, however, extends Todorov's ideas to include aspects of psychoanalytical th This study argues against vague interpretations of fantasy as mere escapism and seeks to define it as a distinct kind of narrative. Dr Jackson, however, extends Todorov's ideas to include aspects of psychoanalytical theory.
Seeing fantasy as primarily an expression of unconscious drives, she stresses the importance of the writings of Freud and subsequent theorists when analysing recurrent themes, such as doubling or multiplying selves, mirror images, metamorphosis and bodily disintegration.
Through a reading of thse frequently disquieting works, Dr Jackson moves towards a definition of fantasy expressing cultural unease. These issues are discussed in relation to a wide range of fantasies with varying images of desire and disenchantment.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 12th by Routledge first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fantasy , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion. This study provides a general analysis of fantasy as a literary genre over the last centuries.
It is very useful if you want to have an idea of the evolution of fantasy and of some of its main elements. I only regret that there's so little about the traditional fantasy that authors like Tolkien or Le Guin developed, which inspired many subsequent fantasy writers. Jun 07, Nathaniel rated it it was ok Shelves: fields , academia , theory.
May 10, Tim Rideout rated it liked it. May 13, Sarah Reffstrup rated it it was ok Shelves: thesis-books. Nov 03, Haley rated it liked it Shelves: modern-japanese-comps. It's necessary for my research, and there are some interesting ideas, but it's rather ponderous. I'm not a fan of her writing style grammar errors and typos in my version Also unhelpful is the fact that it's all intended as a response to Todorov, whom I haven't read yet.
I should probably fix that. Everyone with an interest in literary theory and the fantasy genre should read this book. It just brings everything together with analysis of texts ranging from the earliest forays into the genre with the gothic authors of the late 18th century, up until the then present of the s.
It codifies how fantasy authors have long used the fantastical to express dissenting opinions and give vent to passions considered immoral by the societies they lived in. While it would take years of reading to und Everyone with an interest in literary theory and the fantasy genre should read this book.
While it would take years of reading to understand everything referenced in the text, it would be wise to have at least a passing familiarity with Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, William Godwin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, H.
I am sure it could be read without knowledge of these authors, but the more familiar you are with them, the better time you'll have.
Jun 17, Mariana rated it it was amazing Shelves: , read-in-spanish , university. Jul 05, Enrique rated it liked it. Apr 28, Robert Wood rated it really liked it. Rosemary Jackson's Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion is a fairly interesting rejoinder to the structuralist approach taken by Todorov. Jackson argues that Todorov's approach both insufficiently engages with the historical horizon that produces fantastic literature as a mode rather than as a genre, and misses out on how psychoanalytical readings of the genre allow for an engagement with the material conditions of the production of fantastic texts.
Through that argument, Jackson argues that fa Rosemary Jackson's Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion is a fairly interesting rejoinder to the structuralist approach taken by Todorov. Through that argument, Jackson argues that fantastic literature becomes a way of engaging with the repressed within capitalist societies, and at best, becomes a literature of transgression, rejection the symbolic order of those societies.
At the same time, she recognizes that many authors explore this space only to reestablish the former order of the society. Because of that, she celebrates the work that resists these closings of the narrative, and instead celebrates a thread within the fantastic that runs from Sade through the work of Kafka and Pynchon, rejecting the far more popular narratives of Tolkien and Leguin as conservative and nostalgic.
A worthwhile read. Jan 20, Sofia rated it liked it Shelves: litteraturvetenskap. This is not a bad book, in fact at times it's very interesting. But in my opinion it fails at clearly delivering its point. The line between uncanny and the fantastic that seemed so clear when explained by Tzvetan Todorov, becomes very confused in Jackson's take on the matter. After saying that they are different things, she keeps explaining the fantastic in words that are very reminiscent of Freuds essay on the uncanny, and it makes me think that Jackson herself isn't sure of the difference.
Al This is not a bad book, in fact at times it's very interesting. Also, I'd like to point out that she lists a lot of themes and motives saying they are examples of themes and motives usually found in fantastic literature, but fails to note that those themes and motives are examples of gothicism as portrayed by among others, Matthias Fyhr , even though she writes predominately about the gothic novels, or remnants thereof. No, there's a bit of logic missing, which is unfortunate, as the topic is very intriguing.
This wasn't a "pleasurable" read for me anyway :P. Mar 29, Selene rated it it was ok Shelves: english-readings , phd , theory. Quite disappointed with this, basically because its title points towards a premise that is not fulfilled. When the author refers to "Fantasy", she's actually referring just to one type of fantasy-- the fantastical.
And though she tries to defend it as subversive, she critics the marvellous and rejects it. Jun 11, sologdin rated it liked it Shelves: literary-theory , burns-like-cold-iron.
Jan 27, Bronte rated it really liked it. Very intriguing read. Aug 15, Noora rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasia , klassikot , tietokirjat. Ei kovin mielenkiintoinen tai relevantti oman tutkimuksen kannalta. Feb 25, Tyas rated it really liked it Shelves: literature-culture , fantasy. I learnt a lot about what we call fantasy from this book. A bit confusing at times, but worth the reading. May 17, Fiat Knox rated it it was amazing.
A groundbreaking essay on the nature of fantasy literature and its potential impact upon the societal narrative: something sorely needed in these modern times.
Dec 21, Michala Escherich added it Shelves: speciale. Sep 03, Lesley Mckenna rated it really liked it. Useful addition to the theory of fantasy literature. Feb 17, Tina Romanelli rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jackson refuses to participate in any paradigmatic shifts in her writing.
She sees only what she wants to see in the fantasy genre. Mar 07, PenneyDreadful rated it really liked it. Sure to be of interest to deep readers of fantastical literature. Jul 22, Rowan rated it liked it.
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