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Approaching Fantasy Literature

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This shortened version of a lecture seeks to introduce the listener to the concept of fantasy literature. It begin by looking at how one can define the genre of fantasy and what texts it might, or might not contain. We look at two standard approaches adopted by scholars - the chronological 'long history' of fantasy, and common tropes, structures, and motifs. The talk touches briefly on world-building and immersion, engaging with Tolkien's essay 'On Fairy-stories'.