The Fantasy Literature of England

By Colin N. Manlove

The Fantasy Literature of England

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  • ISBN: 9781532677557
  • Pages: 230
  • Publication Date: 5/11/2020
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The Fantasy Literature of England

By Colin N. Manlove

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  • ISBN: 9781532677557
  • Pages: 230
  • Publication Date: 5/11/2020
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80
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In this, the first book on English fantasy, Colin Manlove shows that for all its immense diversity, English fantasy can best be understood in terms of its strong national character, rather than as an international genre. Showing its development from Beowulf to Blake, the author describes English fantasy's modern growth through secondary world, metaphysical, emotive, comic, subversive, and children's fantasy. In them all England has led the world, with authors as different as Chaucer, Lewis Carroll, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Salman Rushdie.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Overall Manlove's thesis is persuasive and interesting. . . . The book is very readable and frequently illuminating, though at times it feels like the shortened version of a study which could easily have been twice as long. What is here, however, is fine, and will certainly send the reader scurrying to find some of the previously un-encountered books mentioned herein, be it by comparisons with old favourites, or by brief analysis of these books in their own right.”

—Douglas A. Anderson, Mythprint



“An assured, if often summary, discussion of a wide range of heterogeneous texts. . . . The fact that Manlove has returned repeatedly to thinking about fantasy literature in various contexts and from different points of view in his scholarship suggests a recognition of the incompleteness of any one account or explanation. As a general guide to a large body of work, The Fantasy Literature of England seems likely to be an important resource for other scholars who are interested in exploring detailed and theoretically nuanced answers to the many questions raised by Manlove's study.”

—Mavis Reimer, University of Winnipeg, The Lion and the Unicorn



“Manlove is best when analyzing figures he previously discussed at length, but this volume's concentrated overviews, especially of children's books, constitute an excellent introduction to both fantasy and his more detailed studies. Undergraduate and graduate collections.”

—R.E. Jones, University of Alberta, Choice

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Colin N. Manlove

Bio(s)-

Colin Manlove was Reader in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh when he retired in 1993; he was awarded a DLitt in 1989. He has written numbers of books on fantasy literature, including Modern Fantasy (1975), Christian Fantasy (1992), Scottish Fantasy Literature (1994), and The Impulse of Fantasy Literature (1983). He has also authored books on English literature from 1600–1800, Shakespeare, C. S. Lewis, science fiction, English children's literature, the Harry Potter series and, most recently, two books on George MacDonald. He now thinks he has finished with writing and can devote himself to his collection of minerals. He is long widowed, has two sons in their forties, and four grandchildren; and he still lives in the family house in Edinburgh.

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