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Non-Western motifs in fantasy literature - Martin Mantle


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This presentation was given as part of Dragons in the Metcalfe, and readers advisory seminar on fantasy 9 March 2011.

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Non-Western motifs in fantasy literature - Martin Mantle

  1. 1. Non-Western Motifs in Fantasy Literature
  2. 2. A Western-European Fantasy? <ul><li>Geography </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Towns and Cities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Societies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rituals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Myths and Fables </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anglo-Saxon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Norse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christian </li></ul></ul>Why not the rest of the world? ‘ A disproportionate effort is required to promote what is perceived as marginal. Risk becomes self-perpetuating.’ (Peter Clark, 2000, Arabic literature Unveiled )
  3. 3. The Kingdom Western European Tsuranuanni Japanese Raymond Feist & Janny Wurts Kesh Middle East Novindus India
  4. 4. Sophie Masson El Jisal series ‘ There are a lot of things, when you actually go into it, that really are eminently accessible. They are not that hard to understand.’ Sophie Masson (interview 1.3.11) <ul><li>A parallel Muslim, Hindu Buddhist world </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Snow, Fire, Sword - Indonesia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Curse of Zohreh - UAE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Tyrant’s Nephew - Iraq </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Maharajah’s Ghost - India </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Ninety-Nine al-tisa'a wa tisaun <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>began in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>characters have abilities that are derived from the ninety-nine attributes of Allah </li></ul>