Fantasy ELE 616 Research in Children’s Literature Fall 2009
Defining fantasy 1 <ul><li>Definition: Fantasy is about elves and fairies   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wouldn’t it be great if ...
<ul><li>Definition: Fantasy is historical   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That could very well be true. A great number of fantasie...
Defining fantasy 3 <ul><li>Definition: Fantasy is all magic   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fantasy does include the use of magic....
<ul><li>Fantasy - Explained   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loosely, fantasy is an applied mythology, a creation in the mind of an...
A famous fantasy title <ul><li>Chronicles of Narnia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In C.S. Lewis’  The  Chronicles of Narnia  we  m...
Indians in fantasy <ul><li>Indian in the Cupboard </li></ul>October 22, 2009 Fantasy An Interview With Myself
More fantasy Indians <ul><li>Peter Pan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On the trail of the pirates, stealing noiselessly down the wa...
A sequel to  Peter Pan <ul><li>Written by the children's author  Geraldine McCaughrean , the book follows the reunited “Le...
Elves and  Native  Americans? <ul><li>Elfquest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If Elfquest is about nothing else, it is about its ar...
What is the point of fantasy, though? <ul><li>Escapist literature? Or not? </li></ul>October 22, 2009 Fantasy
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  1. 1. Fantasy ELE 616 Research in Children’s Literature Fall 2009
  2. 2. Defining fantasy 1 <ul><li>Definition: Fantasy is about elves and fairies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wouldn’t it be great if we could say that one definition covered it all? But we can’t. Elves and fairies also run amok in children’s stories. Then there are dragons and wizards and a host of other beings that could be included in the framework of fantasy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy Foreword by Darin Park </li></ul></ul></ul>October 22, 2009 Fantasy
  3. 3. <ul><li>Definition: Fantasy is historical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That could very well be true. A great number of fantasies, including Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings , could fall into the historical category. But there are endless possibilities for modern day fantasies, or fantasies that don’t even include an announced time period. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foreword by Darin Park </li></ul></ul></ul>Defining fantasy 2 October 22, 2009 Fantasy
  4. 4. Defining fantasy 3 <ul><li>Definition: Fantasy is all magic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fantasy does include the use of magic. But what about worlds where magic doesn’t exist? What if it’s a world like our own without science or magic, and people and beasts of all sizes and characteristics inhabit this world? Is it science fiction? Is that the qualifying ingredient? Magic? Even though that would make a nice generic definition to finally label our elusive “fantasy” category, unfortunately, it’s not that easy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foreword by Darin Park </li></ul></ul></ul>October 22, 2009 Fantasy
  5. 5. <ul><li>Fantasy - Explained </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loosely, fantasy is an applied mythology, a creation in the mind of an author of worlds or events that could not possibly exist in the scientific realm. There is the tendency to create a sort of mixed breed with stories such as “Star Wars” where there are laser wielding aliens and druids with some sort of magical force. But on the whole, science fiction and fantasy usually has a line of demarcation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foreword by Darin Park </li></ul></ul></ul>Defining fantasy 4 October 22, 2009 Fantasy
  6. 6. A famous fantasy title <ul><li>Chronicles of Narnia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia we meet children from our own world who end up, under various circumstances, in a different world: Narnia. In Narnia they meet talking animals, fauns, centaurs, unicorns, and other slightly mythological creatures. And they meet Aslan - he who brought them into that world, because of the need for them there and then, and who provides support when they try to help out in critical situations. </li></ul></ul>October 22, 2009 Fantasy
  7. 7. Indians in fantasy <ul><li>Indian in the Cupboard </li></ul>October 22, 2009 Fantasy An Interview With Myself
  8. 8. More fantasy Indians <ul><li>Peter Pan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On the trail of the pirates, stealing noiselessly down the war- path, which is not visible to inexperienced eyes, come the redskins, every one of them with his eyes peeled. They carry tomahawks and knives, and their naked bodies gleam with paint and oil. Strung around them are scalps, of boys as well as of pirates, for these are the Piccaninny tribe, and not to be confused with the softer-hearted Delawares or the Hurons. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chapter 5 THE ISLAND COME TRUE </li></ul></ul></ul>October 22, 2009 Fantasy
  9. 9. A sequel to Peter Pan <ul><li>Written by the children's author Geraldine McCaughrean , the book follows the reunited “League of Pan” as it encounters Mr Ravello’s circus and engages in treasure hunts and adventures every bit as exciting as the original outings. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A darker side of Neverland is revealed By Robert Colvile Published: 12:01AM BST 31 Aug 2006 </li></ul></ul>October 22, 2009 Fantasy Debbie Reese on Geraldine McCaughrean’s Peter Pan in Scarle t
  10. 10. Elves and Native Americans? <ul><li>Elfquest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If Elfquest is about nothing else, it is about its artwork. Created by writer/artist Wendy Pini to look like no other comic book or illustrated tale, the art of Elfquest uniquely combines qualities traditionally ascribed to female artists, such as fluidity and expressiveness, with other qualitites generally given to male artists, such as mass and power. </li></ul></ul>October 22, 2009 Fantasy
  11. 11. What is the point of fantasy, though? <ul><li>Escapist literature? Or not? </li></ul>October 22, 2009 Fantasy

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