Identifying the Junction: the Idea of Reason in Fantasy

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    Abstract

    Fantasy fiction must have a positive affiliation with reality. This article attempts to clarify how this is likely. Initially, to be able to establish the theoretical outline of the fantasy genre I will employ the concept of modality of fiction, which is a basic approach that defines fiction as having an immanent relationship to external reality. Accordingly, I set out to explain how fantasy - as is any other type of fiction in setting up a world anew - is dependent on a historical, epistemological framework that is defined through a modal link to the world. This takes us through the concepts of myth and realism, across the different modal views in the Old and New Testaments, to the related study of fantasy and crime fiction and the juncture of the two in Simon R. Green’s novel Hawk & Fisher – the first volume of a series in which logic and magic exist side by side. As a result this article has two goals. One is to derive a historical, epistemological justification for the existence of the genres of fantasy and crime fiction, separately, with emphasis on fantasy fiction. The other is to provide an analysis of the juncture of the two.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMarvelous Fantasy
    EditorsJørgen Riber Christensen
    Number of pages24
    Place of PublicationAalborg
    PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
    Publication date2009
    Pages143-167
    ISBN (Print)978-87-7307-962-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • Fantasy
    • Crime fiction
    • Fiction

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